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ECOWAS Institutes New Sanctions Against Mali For Failure To Hold Elections

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has maintained the existing sanctions it imposed on Mali, for failure by the transitional authorities to oversee a smooth political transition.

At an Extraordinary Session in Accra on Sunday, the Authority of the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West Africa States, expressed disappointment in the country’s failure to meet the proposed timelines for the conduct of fresh elections.

In a Communique issued after the meeting, ECOWAS agreed to uphold all existing sanctions against Mali and added new ones.

“In view of the above, the Authority upholds the sanctions already imposed on Mali and on the transition authorities. The Authority has also decided to impose additional economic and financial sanctions, in conformity with its deliberations at the Sixtieth Ordinary Session held on 12 December 2021 in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

These additional sanctions include: Withdrawal of all ECOWAS Ambassadors in Mali; Closure of land and air borders between ECOWAS countries and Mali; Suspension of all commercial and financial transactions between ECOWAS Member States and Mali, with the exception of the following products: essential consumer goods; pharmaceutical products; medical supplies and equipment, including materials for the control of COVID-19; petroleum products and electricity; Freeze of assets of the Republic of Mali in ECOWAS Central Banks; Freeze of assets of the Malian State and the State Enterprises and Parastatals in Commercial Banks; Suspension of Mali from all financial assistance and transactions from all financial institutions”, the Communique said.

Present at the Summit were fifteen ECOWAS Heads of State, government representatives and other designated participants. They included the President of Ghana and the Chairperson of ECOWAS, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; former President of Nigeria and Mediator for Mali, Dr Goodluck Jonathan; Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mahamat Saleh Annadif; Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security representing the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Bankole Adeoye, amongst others.

The meeting by the regional leaders also discussed the current political situation in Guinea and agreed that, “regarding Guinea, the Authority remains concerned about the slow progress of the transition process 4 months after the coup. The Authority regrets the absence of chronogram for the election and the non-setting up of the National Council of Transition (CNT). It also directs a mission be fielded to Conakry to discuss the transition process with the transition authorities”.

It will be recalled that Guinea and Mali were thrown into political unrest in 2021, following two separate coups in the two West African nations. Following these developments, ECOWAS convened a series of meetings to address the impasses and restore political stability in the two nations. Sunday’s meeting in Accra was to review earlier measures which had been proposed by ECOWAS to restore peace and sanity in the two embattled countries.

Following the close of proceedings, the Heads of State and Government expressed their gratitude to the President of Ghana and the Chair of ECOWAS, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. They also charged him to take all necessary measures for the new statutory appointees to take office on 1st July 2022 at the end of the tenure of the current Management. This implies the finalization of the allocation of remaining statutory positions and the launch of the recruitment process”.

The call was in connection with the creation of institutional reforms within ECOWAS.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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African countries must come together to find new ways of addressing infrastructural concerns – Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged African leaders to come together to articulate a new way of addressing infrastructural concerns on the continent.

Speaking at an Infrastructure Solution summit organised by the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) in Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday May 12, he encouraged leadership on the continent to demand an equal playing field on the global finance market to enable Africa adequately enhance efficient infrastructural development.

“it is absolutely important that we should expand the influence of the institutions like AFC, ADB. ADB has recently gone for recapitalization to enable it to be able to do more.

“The governments of the continent we need to to put our weight behind this attempt but we also equally need to address structural constraints in the global capital market in the world.”

The infrastructural summit, one of the biggest networking events is expected to provide a unique platform to address and overcome some of Africa’s historical challenges.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Ghana to host West African Internet Governance Forum 2022

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The Internet Society Ghana (ISOC Ghana), in collaboration with the West African Internet Governance Forum (WA IGF), will host the West African Internet Governance Forum in Ghana after a two-year virtual event.

The theme for the 2022 edition, ‘Digital Sustainability: Data Innovation for post COVID recovery’, seeks to promote Internet Governance issues in West Africa through a multi-stakeholder process.

The two-day event scheduled from Thursday 26th May to Friday 27th  May 2022, will be held at the Airport View Hotel in Accra. 

Speaking in an interview, NRI Coordinator for West Africa Internet Governance Forum, Madam Mary Uduma, called for more internet stakeholders’ involvement in the WA IGF processes as “internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector, and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.”

The event complements current subregional efforts in the digital transformation in West Africa; therefore, it will tackle key issues such as Economic Recovery in West African countries: Prioritizing Data Privacy and Security and Freedom of expression online, the impact of the fight against disinformation within the subregion, digital economy policies, regulations and, multi-stakeholder issues amongst others.

Therefore, this will explore the challenges and opportunities in enhancing its digital economy in a world of information, communication, and technology.

 
Source: Citinewsroom. com

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ECOWAS gives military in Guinea April 25 deadline to return to democratic rule

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The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS has charged military leaders in Guinea to provide an acceptable timeline for transition to democratic rule by April 25, 2022.

Failure to do so, according to ECOWAS, will lead to economic and financial sanctions.

Leaders of ECOWAS made the decision during an Extraordinary Summit in Accra on Friday, to review recent political developments in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso.

President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, stated that it was unacceptable that there was no timeline set by the military junta to return the country to democratic rule.

“The fact that, as of today, we do not have a transition timeline in Guinea is a source of major concern. On several occasions, the authorities have indicated the concern that there is no visibility about the transition in Guinea, and we are demanding that a transition timeline is provided. As nothing was coming, now we are putting a deadline—April 25. Beyond this deadline, economic and financial sanctions will kick in.”

Burkina Faso

The leadership also expressed concern about the continued detention of the former President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, since the coup d’etat.

“The other condition, we set is that, President Kabore be set free immediately. The mission that went to Burkina Faso two weeks ago also insisted that he is set free unconditionally. As we speak today, President Kabore is on House arrest, and this is totally unacceptable.”

Mali

Meanwhile, ECOWAS has charged the transitional government in Mali to return the country to constitutional rule within 12 to 16 months.

This is a part of talks to restore democratic governance in the West-African country reeling under political instability.

Jean Claude Kassi Brou, said in view of the global political and security situation, there is an urgent need to reach an agreement in order to avoid further deterioration of the situation in Mali.

“The discussions were extensively on the situation and taking into account that the sanctions are impacting on the country. There has been substantial work that was done by the Technical Local Committee Meeting and after examining the recommendations of the mediator, the Head of State disclosed that, they are willing to provide an extension of the transition in Mali for 12 to 16 months in addition to the three months that have already passed. So, agreements will be reached so that the sanctions are gradually lifted.”

Source: Citinewsroom. com

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