Abuja – The United States has commended Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for its role in resolving crises in the region.
The commendation came from the country’s Assistant Secretary of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield during a working visit to the Commission
She also commended ECOWAS for the political and financial support it provided to Guinea Bissau for its recent elections.
Commending ECOWAS for the progress made in promoting regional economic development, she said the Commission had also become relevant that “the region also depends on your effort and expertise to ensure that peace and security is maintained.”
She reiterated the US commitment to engage with ECOWAS in support of its various initiatives and work together in addressing future challenges.
Thomas-Greenfield congratulated ECOWAS for the September 2013 Lome meeting and then encouraged ECOWAS to continue to work collectively in confronting the scourge of terrorism in the region.
She used the opportunity speak on the US trade efforts in Africa with focus on the East African Community (EAC) saying the US was looking forward to seeing how to support East Africa while “we look at other regions of the world to encourage trade as well as looking forward to working with ECOWAS in this area.”
The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Toga McIntosh called for the strengthening of the existing partnership between the US and ECOWAS.
McIntosh said ECOWAS was undergoing a comprehensive restructuring as it needed to strengthen the Community organs as well as expand the powers of the Parliament so that it could play its rightful role. “We are building our delivery system so that our partners will be comfortable to deal with us,” he said.
The ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security (PAPS), Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, who was also in attendance, use the opportunity to reiterate the need for peace and security on which all developmental efforts hinge.
She thanked the US for all the assistance.
“We counted so much on US for logistics and other requirement during our intervention in Mali,” she added.
– CAJ News