The 3rd Extraordinary Meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) council of ministers on institutional reform has been held in Accra.
The meeting was held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.
At the meeting, members were admonished to work towards an efficient and effective commission to deliver its mandate.
The main objective of the meeting was to help find a resolution and modalities for the allocation of statutory positions and adopting the organogram of the seven member commission with its associated departments.
It was also meant to adopt measures to further streamline the ECOWAS Commission.
The meeting which was held behind closed doors saw in attendance the council of ministers of all member states of ECOWAS with the exception of the suspended states of Mali and Guinea.
Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister and Chair of the Council Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, in the opening address, indicated that the initial date for the meeting was September 9, but due to the political development in the region, most especially Guinea, it was postponed to October 5.
“Following this decision, the commission prepared a report on each of the specific points considered at the summit and circulated it to members and on the basis of our procedures the ad hoc ministerial committee on institutional reform met on August 12 to discuss the report,” she stressed.
She also commended the effort of the ad hoc ministerial committee on institutional reform, the ECOWAS Commission and all stakeholders involved in the reform process for their dedication and assiduous effort.
“I will like to remind all of us that our key objective is for more effective and efficient ECOWAS Institution that will deliver quality service for our people.
“That was the underlining basis of the decision of the summit and we need to faithfully reflect that spirit in our work here today,” she said.
She called for consensus on the 15 statutory positions for the 15 member states in order to ensure that each member state participated in activities in the future.
“Let us work to present a report that will facilitate the work of the authority at its 50th ordinary session to be held on December 18, 2021.
“We need to ensure collectively the achievement of practical and attainable reforms that will usher ECOWAS into an era of productivity, cost efficiency, quality service delivery, and excellence to the benefit of the community citizens,” she said.