By Papis Demba
Heads of State in West Africa are in Ghana for the 5th Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) Presidential Task-force meeting. The conference is aimed at attaining a single currency for the sub-region by 2020.
Ivorian leader Alhassane Ouattara, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, and the President of Niger, Issoufou Mahamadou, are already in Accra, while others are expected in the country for the meeting. Governors of Central Banks and foreign Ministers from the ECOWAS are also in attendance.
The four-day meeting is being chaired by Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The Meetings will among other things, provide member countries with a common platform to deliberate on issues related to the ECOWAS single currency programme and consider/adopt a revised roadmap to accelerate the creation of the single currency by 2020.
ECOWAS was founded with the aim of transforming the Sub-region into an economic and monetary union. This led to the adoption of the Community Authority of the ECOWAS Monetary’ Cooperation Programme (EMCP) in July 1987.The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Accra International Conference Centre from February 21, 2018.
The last meeting of the Presidential Task Force on the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme was held in Niamey, Niger in October, 2017.