President Sirleaf Attends ECOWAS 32nd Summit in Abuja

Friday, 15th June 2007

Monrovia, Liberia - The 32nd Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States …ECOWAS, opened on Friday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf among several West African leaders in attendance.
An Executive Mansion dispatch from Abuja said, the opening session was addressed by ECOWAS Chairman, Blaise Compare of Burkina Faso, AU Chairman, Ghanian President John Kuffour, and the host, Nigerian President Umaru Ya’radua.

The leaders spoke of the progress West African countries continue to make on the security, economic and political fronts. They welcomed the political accommodation in Guinea and Ivory Coast as well as the consolidation of peace in Liberia and Sierra-Leone, and urged all parties to continue to support the processes.

The leaders also spoke of a three-year Strategic Plan for sustainable development, peace and security in the sub-region, noting that development in the sub-region is better enhanced by strengthening the pillars of democracy and good governance.  They also welcomed democratic changes taking place across the sub-region.

On the economic front, the ECOWAS leaders said they were encouraged by the significant growth in the economies of the sub-region, put at a rate of 6.1 percent increment. Though still below the  7-percent required growth rate to meet the millennium Development Goals—MDGs, the leaders expressed support for economic measures being implemented by governments in the sub-region to address the economic conditions of their peoples.

The ECOWAS leaders have been meeting behind closed doors in a working Session, which will culminate in a communiqué, expected to be signed later by the Heads of State and Government.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and party are expected to return home on Saturday.