General News of 2014-03-28

Prez Mahama joins W/African leaders to discuss EPA, integration

President John Mahama left for Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast on Thursday to join other West African leaders for the 44th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government. The two-day summit, which opens on Friday March 28, will see the heads of state discussing a wide range of issues related to greater integration, transformation and prosperity of the sub-region.

Key among the issues will be the political and security situation in Mali, the state of the sub-region's integrated maritime strategy and the state of progress on the ECOWAS Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union. The heads of state will also review the situation in Guinea-Bissau, the ECOWAS Monetary Cooperation Programme and the ECOWAS National Biometric Card.

President Mahama will be taking an active part in all the deliberations and also hold bilateral discussions with his counterparts on a number of issues of concern to their countries, the sub-region and Africa.

Early on Thursday, Beniniois President, Thomas Boni Yayi, was in Accra to consult and discuss a number of issues with President Mahama ahead of the Yamoussoukro meeting.