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ECOWAS Commission and EU COAFR encourage collaborative efforts for peace, security and regional integration in West Africa at high-level meeting

Abuja, Nigeria - In a harmonious convergence of strategic minds, the ECOWAS Commission and the Africa Working Group of the European Union's Council (COAFR) convened today 26 02 2024, at the ECOWAS headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. The meeting, geared towards addressing critical issues in West Africa, set a visionary tone for collaborative endeavors in peace-building, security, humanitarian concerns, and regional integration.

The session commenced with opening remarks by the esteemed Vice-President of the ECOWAS Commission, setting the stage for an engaging and insightful exchange.

The Representative of the European Union delivered an introductory address, outlining the EU's commitment to partnership and shared objectives in fostering stability and prosperity in the region.

Under the discussion segment, the interactive session delved into pertinent topics:

Insights were shared on the outcomes of the Extraordinary Summit by CPAPS, shedding light on key decisions and initiatives emanating from the summit.

CPAPS highlighted the state of peace and security issues in West Africa, providing a comprehensive overview.

The Commissioner for Humanitarian Development and Social Affairs addressed the humanitarian challenges in the region, emphasizing the need for concerted actions and support.

An engaging interactive session ensued, fostering dialogue and exchange between COAFR and the ECOWAS Commission, fueling collaborative strategies to address complex regional challenges.

Moreover, the agenda extended to discuss regional integration processes:

Key regional integration processes were outlined by the Commissioners for Economic Affairs, Agriculture, as well as Infrastructure, Energy, and Digitalization, focusing on pivotal development initiatives and strategies.

An interactive segment encouraged robust engagement between COAFR and the ECOWAS Commission, fostering a deeper understanding of mutual goals and collaborative pathways for regional integration.

As the meeting drew to a close, there were: Concluding remarks and a forward-looking approach to sustain momentum in collaborative efforts towards peace, security, humanitarian support, and regional integration.

The meeting served as a testament to the unwavering dedication of both entities towards fostering regional stability, resilience, and sustainable development in West Africa.

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