Last Updated on August 9, 2021 by MyGh.Online
The ECOWAS Commission has organised with the support of GIZ a two-day retreat for Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), as part of the ECOWAS Vision 2050 development process.
The event which was held at Transcorp Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria, started from August 5-6, 2021.
In his keynote address, the ECOWAS President, Dr. Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, welcome all to the retreat and informed that all first three phases of the roadmap have been successfully completed and the meeting was for the validation process leading to the endorsement by the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in December 2021.
He also said the vision document which is to be presented at the retreat was an outcome of the various participatory and interactive processes convened to map out strategic agenda for the region.
He further stated that the information collected from various consultations was developed into a draft document which was used to refine vision statement, define strategic pillars and create thematic areas for the commission.
He said the retreat will enable representatives from all the member states to give their assessment of Vision 2020 and give their aspirations for the next 30 years.
In his opening address, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, expressed appreciation to the commission for convening this meeting of the ECOWAS Permanent Representatives Committee and Resident Representatives in Member States on the ECOWAS Vision 2050.
He said the ECOWAS Vision 2050 was adopted as a long-term development agenda “to create a borderless, peaceful, prosperous and coherent region, built on good governance, where people can access and exploit its enormous resources through the creation of opportunities for sustainable development and environmental preservation”.
He applauded the designing of a roadmap for a seamless transition from Vision 2020 to ECOWAS Vision 2050 as a right step towards achieving the aspirations and developmental priorities of West Africa.
He challenged participants to come up with solutions to perceived bottlenecks that can hamper the smooth implementation of the vision and urged member states to take ownership of the vision.
The GIZ representative, Mrs Barbara Rippel, in her speech, said that the new ECOWAS vision will serve as a source of hope and a blueprint for prosperity and growth for the region.
She stated that GIZ, being a technical partner for the process of developing the vision document, was happy with the enthusiasm and commitment shown by delegates at the various meetings leading to the draft document.
“It will strengthen the fundamentals of the vision, such as scenarios, areas of intervention, success factors and expected results, through your feedback and input based on the specific challenges in our countries” she further added.
The Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmad, in her goodwill message, expressed appreciation to the President of the Commission and his team for taking this all-inclusive and conscious initiative geared towards a more integrated and advanced region.
While praising the PRC members for their continued commitment in the implementation of policies for the development of our region, she encouraged them to own the vision and chart roadmap towards the implementation.
The retreat which will feature panel discussions on the five key pillars of the vision, presentation and consideration of the status report on the vision and advocacy/mobilization strategies for effective implementation of ECOWAS Vision 2050 ended on August 6, 2021.