ECOWAS @49: Citizens reflects on achievements, future prosperity

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By: Mercy Peter


Citizens of the Economic Community of West African States, on Tuesday gathered in Praia, Cabo Verde to reflect on the achievement of the regional integration and its future prosperity.


The occassion was the 49th anniversary of the ECOWAS Commission.


The Office of the Resident Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission in Cabo Verde hosted a cocktail reception to mark the 49th anniversary of the ECOWAS Commission. The event, held in Praia, brought together government representatives, members of the diplomatic corps, members of parliament of ECOWAS and from Cabo Verde, university professors, and various dignitaries to celebrate nearly five decades of regional integration and development efforts by ECOWAS.


The celebration provided an opportunity for attendees to reflect on the achievements of ECOWAS and discuss future initiatives aimed at enhancing regional cooperation. The event underscored the shared commitment of the ECOWAS Commission and the Government of Cabo Verde towards advancing economic growth, stability, and integration within West Africa.

Dr. Samuel Lamptey, the Resident Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission to Cabo Verde, in his keynote speech highlighted some of the significant milestones achieved by ECOWAS in fostering economic integration across West Africa.

He emphasized the Commission’s pivotal role in promoting trade, peace, and security in the region, noting, “Over the past 49 years, ECOWAS has made remarkable strides in uniting our member states through economic cooperation and collaborative development initiatives.”

Dr. Jorge Santos, the Minister of Communities of the Government of Cabo Verde, also lauded the Commission’s continuous efforts towards regional development and underscored the strong partnership between Cabo Verde and ECOWAS.


Dr. Santos remarked that the engagement of ECOWAS in our region has been instrumental in driving sustainable development.

He also emphasized the collaborative efforts in furthering this partnership for the prosperity of the West African communities.

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