In his opening address, the President of Togo, HE Mr. Faure GNASSINGBE, President of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, welcomed the ECOWAS-ECCAS Joint Summit on Peace, Stability, Security and the Fight against Terrorism and Violent Extremism
The Encouraging Results and the "Lomé Declaration" with Sanctions he said that the work of this joint summit will give a greater perspective to the action of ECOWAS in its march towards regional and continental integration.
The Togolese Head of State also urged its Peers to continue their efforts to find better solutions to the challenges facing the Community, including security and peace, the food crisis in certain countries and international trade.
The President of the Commission ECOWAS, Jean-Claude Kassi BROU, for its part, has hailed the important progress achieved by the Community since its creation, before facing the important challenges of the moment it will have to overcome to maintain its relevance and credibility. 19659002] These challenges must be overcome, he said, in solidarity and cohesion, the cardinal values that have characterized the subregional organization since its creation on May 28, 1975.
The President The Commission then turned down the lines on which it intended to put special emphasis. These include support for all actions of Heads of State aimed at peace and stability in the subregion, continued efforts to strengthen democratic culture in the community space, actions in sight the acceleration of economic growth and job creation for young people and women in the subregion and the improvement of the operational performance of the Commission through the rationalization of operations and costs.  Lastly, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa, Mr. Mohammed Ibn CHAMBAS, reaffirmed the UN's support for ECOWAS actions and called for a strengthening of cooperation between Two Organizations
It should be noted that during the opening ceremony, the President of the ECOWAS Commission and five Judges of the ECOWAS Court of Justice were sworn in.  9459004] At the end of the opening ceremony, the Heads of State and Government met for a closed session
On the sidelines of the 53rd Ordinary Summit of the Economic Community of African States of the West, the President of the Republic, HE Mr. Alassane Ouattara, President of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of WAEMU, met, with his counterpart Guinea-Bissau, HE Mr. José Mario VAZ, who came to inform of the positive evolution of the socio-political situation in his country