General News of Thursday, 24 October 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
The Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, will leave Accra for Dakar, Senegal today, to participate in an extraordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The meeting, scheduled for Friday, October 25, will attract other Heads of State and Government of the community.
A statement signed by Presidential Staffer, Communications, Office of the Vice-President, Mr Kweku Tsen, said the Vice-President was being accompanied by the Minister of Trade, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Kwesi Quartey and other high ranking government functionaries.
The Dakar summit is at the heart of regional economic integration as it is expected to provide a platform for deepening discussions on issues which are critical to the consolidation of the regional market.
“The agenda of the summit has accordingly been categorised into three main areas; namely, the ECOWAS Common External Tariff, the Integration Community Level, and the Economic Partnership Agreement,” the statement said.
The statement recalled that as part of preparations for the summit, an extraordinary session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, expanded to include the ministers responsible for finance of member countries, had already been held in Abidjan from September 30 to October 1, 2013.
“At the session, the ministers carefully examined the agenda for the summit and reached conclusions which are expected to be presented to the Heads of State and Government at the summit for their consideration and adoption,” it said.
The Vice-President, it said, was expected back in Accra on Saturday, October 26, 2013.