EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas have concluded a three-day visit to The Gambia which ended with with a communique for the extension of the Ecowas Military mission in in the country.
The duration of the extension is not yet confirmed but the objective of the joint visit was to renew the engagement of the two organizations to support the authorities and people of The Gambia in their efforts towards sustaining peace.
During their visit, the two officials met Vice President Ousainou Darboe and also called on the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, the Minister of Trade, Regional Integration, Industry and Employment, and met with representatives of the diplomatic corps, international organizations, ECOMIG and civil society organizations.
The Ecowas Military mission (ECOMIG) with code name “restore democracy” came to The Gambia following an impasse after the country’s 2016 presidential election.
Mr. Chambas and Brou pledged to continue their support to the implementation of the National Development Plan and called on Gambian people to fully participate in the security sector reform and transitional justice processes, and regional integration in West Africa.
On July 12 President Adama Barrow inaugurated the ECOWAS Regional Competition Authority (ERCA) Headquarters in Bijilo.
Commission President Brou and Special Representative Ibn Chambas underlined the importance of safeguarding the progress that have been achieved so far, and encouraged all Gambians to work hand in hand to consolidate peace and bring about prosperity to the country.