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ECOWAS leaders meet in Abuja to discuss common currency, coups

The 64th Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States, Heads of State and Government, is being held in Abuja, Nigeria.

 

The session, to be chaired by President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria, is attended by heads of state and government in the 15-member block.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that countries such as Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are already at the venue at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

 

Other members attending are Benin, Gambia, Togo, Cape Verde and Senegal.

 

The ECOWAS Commission and other stakeholders like former President Goodluck Jonathan, the United States Lead Diplomat for Africa, Molly Phee, the African Union and the United Nations Secretary General Special Representative for West Africa, Leonado Simao, are also attending the meeting.

 

The end-of-year meeting is expected to review various decisions and agreements taken and initiated by the body including that of the adoption of the ECO as a common currency for the region.

 

The issue of the coup d’etat in Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea would also be deliberated on by the regional body at this meeting.

 

Other issues are climate change, democracy, bilateral relations, and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

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