EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The West African regional leaders will meet in Nigeria’s capital, Nigeria from tomorrow, 20th to Sunday 22nd December for the 56th ECOWAS Heads of State and Government Summit.
Key among the regional leaders’ agenda of discussion is expected to be the ongoing intercommunal violence and terrorism in West Africa and the introduction of the bloc’s one currency, the ECO.
Gambia’s president Adama Barrow will travel to the summit tomorrow, alongside a government delegation.
The introduction of the ECO currency has been postponed multiple times, and the newest target date is 2020. The Eco is the proposed name for the common currency that the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) plans to introduce in the framework of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). This will create a common currency for much of West Africa.
This week, the UN envoy for West Africa and the vast Sahel region, Mohamed Ibn Chambas told the UN Security Council on Monday that in recent months, the region has been “shaken by unprecedented violence.”
While acknowledging the nexus between terrorism, organized crime and intercommunal violence, he argued the importance of distinguishing each as a driver of violence.