Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo was elected President of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS on Monday, September 7, 2020 during the 57th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS which is currently held in Niamey the Nigerien capital.
The Ghanaian president succeeds the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou at the head of the organization for a period of one year. “Excellencies, I am fully aware of the challenges facing West Africa”, he declared following his election.
Ivorian President Alassane Dramane Ouatarra congratulated his Ghanaian counterpart: “I congratulate my brother and friend, President Nana Akufo-Addo, on his appointment as current President of ECOWAS. I wish him every success in his mission to the head of our common organization. “
Many files await the new president of ECOWAS, the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, the question of security in the face of the increase in violence in the Sahel and in Nigeria because of the repeated attacks by jhadists, the monetary union within the ECOWAS area, the entry into force of the African continental free trade area on January 1, 2021, but also and above all the consolidation of democracy and the anchoring of good governance within of the sub-regional community with the advent of presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea and Niger scheduled for this year 2020.