59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government holds on Saturday in Accra, Ghana.
This meeting is the follow up to the February 2021 extra ordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States [Ecowas].
Nigerian leaders, President Muhammadu Buhari and former president Goodluck Jonathan have landed in Accra, for the ECOWAS meeting.
They joined other West African leaders who are also attending the regional block summit that President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana is hosting.
Ecowas summit 2021: See the agenda for the 59th Ordinary Session
President Akufo-Addo told other West African leaders in attendance on Saturday that they will go behind closed door to discuss the following:
- Covid19 Response
- African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
- Eco – West African single Currency
- Rotation of leadership within the region and continent
- Security challenges and terror attacks in West Africa
- Sea Piracy – Operational maritime centers to battle this concern
- The political crisis in Mali
- Strength of the regional block
Before this 19 June Ecowas summit, the west African regional power house earlier held an emergency meeting on Sunday May 30 2021.
The one-day meeting in Accra was to discuss the situation in Mali where the coup leader there Col Assimi Goïta declared himself president on 24 May.
Ghana’s President who is also the Chairman of ECOWAS, convened the member head of states to come and discuss Mali crisis.
During this 59th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Governments former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan will present a report.
Jonathan is the Ecowas special envoy on Mali and will brief the west African leaders on the double coup in Mali.
Host Ghana is also expected to use this meeting to address the need to review Africa’s position in the UN Security Council.
President Akufo-Addo who hinted this during the opening ceremony on Saturday also hailed some west African countries.
He commended them for their successful conduct of elections and change of political leadership recently in their nations.
Nigeria also condemned the 24 May coup, plus how soldiers come detained Mali president and prime minister.
Louise Mushikiwabo, the secretary general of La Francophonie also addressed the event as a special guest invited by the Ecowas chairman.