As the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Vision 2020 comes to an end, the regional body on Monday 17th February 2020, organized a Sub-Regional consultative workshop at the Atlantic Hotel, Aberdeen Freetown.
The consultative workshop was hosted in partnership with the German International Development Cooperation (GIZ), in order to reflect on the Vision 2020 of ECOWAS and how far they have come in realizing the aims and objectives of ECOWAS.
In her opening remarks, H. E Madam Finda Koroma, Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, said that the National Consultative workshop has been held in all ECOWAS countries to ensure that post Vision 2020 reflects the needs and aspirations of every nation.
Madam Finda Koroma said that Vision 2020 was developed to have a borderless, peaceful, prosperous, cohesive region, built on good governance and where people have the capacity to harness its enormous resources through the creation of opportunities for sustainable development and environmental preservation.
She said that authorities need to act on whatever that will be developed as ECOWAS moves on with regional integration which can only be achieved through peace and security.
She said that ECOWAS has been able to bring peace to Sierra Leone, Liberia and other nations and now with increasing stability, ECOWAS in now calling for trade liberalization, free movement among member-states.
The Minister of Planning and Development, Dr. Francis Kaikai, said that Sierra Leone is working in line with ECOWAS as the country has already organized the Medium-term National Development Plan which captured the views of civil societies, traditional leaders, the media and development partners.
He commended the Secretariat for hosting such an important event in Sierra Leone as it shows the level of consideration of the country by ECOWAS.
Dr. Kaikai said that ECOWAS stood up and defended nations that were going through civil unrest at a time when the world saw those problems as only for Africans.
He called on participants to deliberate in the interest of future generations for them not to be blamed when the need may arise.
Ludwig Kirchner, GIZ ECOWAS Cluster Coordinator, commended ECOWAS for developing such a coherent Vision that has guided the Secretariat for years.
Mr. Ludwig said that they remain committed towards the development of ECOWAS countries.