By John Okeke
President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Brou, has said the region’s economy is steadily growing, reaching 3.3 per cent in 2019, which shows a positive achievement.
Brou gave the assessment during the 56th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government on Saturday in Abuja.
He commended the economic development of the region despite the challenges of insecurity facing the region.
Seven ECOWAS countries have consistently recorded growth rates above six per cent in 2019.
“The commission will continue to support investment programmes in all sectors with particular emphasis on production as well as promoting and boosting the private sector.
“We will have to grow intra-community trade, a source of wealth and job creation.
“Thus, I wish to encourage the tripartite committee working to resolve the situation at the borders of some countries,’’ Brou said.
He expressed appreciation to the African Development Bank (AfDB) for its invaluable technical and financial support for the effective implementation of numerous programmes and projects in the region.
Brou also appreciated the Authority of Heads of State and Governments for their commitments to effectively carrying out the missions entrusted in them by citizens.
He pledged the commitment of ECOWAS commission to make the community a region of peace, security and prosperity.
On his part, AfDB’s President, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, pledged that the bank would continue to support the region in tackling its challenges.