Monrovia – Liberia is set to host the fifth ECOWAS Legislative Parliamentary Seminar and the first extraordinary session of the ECOWAS Parliament for the year 2022.
The parliamentary seminar will start on March 3 and run until March 5, while the extraordinary session will take place from March 8 to 9 at the Ministerial Complex in Monrovia.
The seminar is held under the theme ECOWAS Vision 2050: formulation process and implementation challenges. It will enable Member States of the ECOWAS Parliament to take ownership of Vision 2050 and ensure their full involvement in its implementation.
President George M. Weah is expected to deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the extraordinary session of the ECOWAS Parliament, during which discussions on political and security challenges in the sub-region will be addressed.
The sixtieth ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS adopted the ECOWAS Vision 2050 on December 12, 2021 in Abuja, with the intention of fostering the emergence, by 2050, of “a community of peoples fully integrated into a prosperous region endowed with strong institutions and respectful of fundamental freedoms, working for inclusive and sustainable development”.
The body agreed that the successful implementation of the ECOWAS Vision 2050 requires the following key orientations: (i) affirmation of leadership and political will, (ii) ownership and shared responsibility, (iii) complementarity and subsidiarity , (iv) transparency and accountability, (vi) sustainability.
At its second extraordinary session in Monrovia last year, the ECOWAS Parliament expressed support for the adoption of the vision. He then decided to organize a parliamentary seminar to enable parliamentarians to understand the ECOWAS Vision 2050 while ensuring the involvement of parliamentarians in the development of operational documents – in particular the medium-term strategic framework with plans appropriate, to support the implementation of the vision. .
At the end of the first extraordinary session of 2022, it is expected that Members of Parliament will be fully involved in the community decision-making process to ensure the full participation of the peoples of West Africa in the achievement of the 2050 vision.
The extraordinary session will also propose concrete actions, measures and activities to support and complement the work of the ECOWAS Commission to address the challenges associated with the implementation of the ECOWAS Vision 2050.