By Ayomide Oriade
West African leaders will today converge in Dakar Senegal to deliberate on moving the region towards a common market and single currency. Leaders of the 15 nations in the ECOWAS region will also use the opportunity to discuss the political uprising in West African States such as Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea.
Speaking ahead of the conference, ECOWAS Commission President, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo said though the main purpose of the meeting is to discuss the movement of the region towards economic integration, the meeting will also address political issues and crisis which has been synonymous with the region. “The meeting was called to talk about issues of economic integration. We are used to seeing ECOWAS at the forefront of crisis and political issues but we are working on building the economies of our countries.”
ECOWAS is made up seven Anglophone and eight Francophone countries. The region aims to achieve a common currency for the seven Anglophone countries by 2015 with a common currency scheduled for the entire region by 2020.