March 22, 2021

As the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) like the rest of the World is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Parliament in its first Extraordinary Session in Freetown Sierra Leon March 29 to April 2, 2021 would be briefed on the status of the pandemic in the sub-region.

A parliamentary seminar on the theme: “Involvement of members of the ECOWAS Parliament in monitoring the implementation of the protocols relating to the Community levy”, would be organised ahead of the session.

The seminar would allow the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), a specialized ECOWAS institution responsible for coordinating the region-wide intervention against the novel coronavirus to appraise Parliament with the most current information.

The Community levy of 0.5 percent imposed on goods from non-ECOWAS member states is the main source of funding for the ECOWAS budget, from 70 to 90 percent of overall revenue, however, the remittances by Member States into the Community fund accounts remain low.

Again, the seminar is part of the continuation of parliament’s efforts to make a significant contribution to the resolution of the challenges that arise in the course of implanting the protocol relating to the Community levy.

In a statement, the Communication Division of the Community Parliament noted that, highlight of the session would center on consideration and adoption of a draft strategic plan for the fifth legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament.

The strategic plan is a framework which would guide the programs and activities of the Parliament under the current legislature on its vision, mission, goals and objectives, whiles it takes into account the achievements of the previous legislatures.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/