ECOWAS PRC Begins Retreat to Enhance Security, Economic Integration
The Permanent Representatives Committee of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS–PRC) has commenced its fifth retreat in Lagos, Nigeria to discuss regional peace and security, deepening economic integration, institutional reforms, early warning, ECOWAS Vision 2050 and strengthening the role of the PRC, among others.
The three-day retreat with the theme: “Post Reformed ECOWAS: Prospects for Consolidating Democracy, Enhancing Security, and Strengthening Economic Integration towards Actualising the ECOWAS of the People” has all ambassadors of ECOWAS Member States accredited to Nigeria and ECOWAS who make up the PRC in attendance.
While welcoming members of the PRC, Permanent Representative of Guinea Bissau and Chair of the PRC, João Ribeiro Butiam, noted that strengthening peace and security and improving democracy and good governance remains imperative for the growth of the region.
He implored his colleagues to brainstorm during the retreat to come up with recommendations that would achieve their aim.
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Sam Egube, in his goodwill message reiterated that as a people and as countries we are stronger together through integration.
In his opening remarks, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, appreciated the efforts of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) in strongly advocating for better and stronger Community, and for the pursuit of peace and prosperity in the region.