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Akufo-Addo kick-starts ECOWAS chairmanship with summit on Mali crisis

As the chairman of ECOWAS, President Akufo-Addo will host a summit on 15 September 2020 in an effort to resolve the political crisis in Mali

The chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), President Akufo-Addo, will assume his leadership role on Tuesday (15 September 2020) with a consultative meeting with colleague heads of state as well as political actors and sub-state actors in Mali. The meeting is just one efforts aimed at resolving the political crisis in the troubled West African state.

Speaking at a press briefing in Accra today, 13 September 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, said that the consultative meeting is in line with work by the regional bloc to ensure the progressive development of member countries. The consultative meeting will be held to proffer conflict resolution strategies, in accordance with protocols to bring an end to the political crisis in the troubled West African state.

“It takes appropriate measures to ensure the progressive development of a community and attend to its objectives. The authority takes actions on all matters of conflict prevention, management and resolution, peace keeping and security as covered by relevant protocols,” Botchwey said.

The president will be joined by a number of heads of state of ECOWAS member countries to deliberate on the Mali situation. The consultative meeting on Tuesday will be the first official assignment by President Akufo-Addo after assuming the position of chairman of the Commission last week.

In remarks at the the press conference the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, called on the general public to support the efforts of state agencies and the security establishment so that the necessary diplomatic courtesies can be extended to heads of state and officials who will be coming into the country.

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

It will be recalled that at the 57th Summit of the Authorities of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Ghana was unanimously elected as the chair of ECOWAS Authority for a period of one year.

The election of Ghana places President Akufo-Addo in the same shoes as his predecessor former presidents of the Republic of Ghana Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Dramani Mahama, who previously undertook this onerous task.

The Head of Authority is the supreme institution of the community. It is responsible for the general direction and control of the ECOWAS community.

Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio

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