Free movement of persons: the African Union requests the support of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
A delegation from the African Union paid a working visit to the ECOWAS Commission today, 10 November 2022. The delegation led by Rita Amukhobu, the Coordinator of the Free Movement Program of the African Union Commission ( AUC) was at the ECOWAS Commission to solicit ECOWAS support with the implementation of the AU Free Movement Protocol.
Rita Amukhobu, Coordinator of the Free Movement Program of the African Union Commission (AUC), speaking to the President of the ECOWAS Commission, HE Dr Omar Alieu Touray, requested the support of ECOWAS for the signing and Ratification of the AU Free Movement Protocol among members. States. ECOWAS, she said, is a leader in Africa on free movement, as such the AU relies on ECOWAS to support the continental integration process regarding free movement.
HE Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission, in his address emphasized that free trade moves with the free movement of people and goods. He added that there is a need to simplify the ratification process to encourage more countries to ratify the AU Free Movement Protocol and that political will is also important.
The meeting took place in the presence of Mr. Abdou Kolley, the Chief of Staff of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Albert Siaw-Boateng, Director Free Movement of Persons, Migration & Tourism, ECOWAS Commission. and Mr. Daniel Lago, Legal Director, ECOWAS Commission.
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