ECOWAS-UEMOA statutory meeting
Members of the commissions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) met on 8 September at the 16th Meeting of the Joint Technical Secretariat, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to take stock of their partnerships and discuss future policies. The meeting was co-chaired by ECOWAS Commission President Marcel Alain de Souza and UEMOA Commission President Abdallah Boureima. Members discussed several issues including: trade and fair competition, land, animal health, air transport, the Abidjan-Lagos corridor project, and the implementation of the Common External Tariff (CET) and the Community Code on Customs. They also discussed the latest conclusions of the ECOWAS Summit on Morocco’s accession to ECOWAS and the association agreement with Mauritania. The commissions have signed several co-operation agreements, in particular with CILSS, and have thanked the member countries for their efforts in building the common market. They also reaffirmed their solidarity with Burkina Faso and their joint fight against terrorism.