On the opening of the Extra Ordinary session of the Parliament at the institution’s seat in Abuja on April 11 2016, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, H. E. Mr. Marcel Alain De Souza, in his address to Parliament, expressed joy at the opportunity to speak on the floor of the Parliament while emphasizing the need for the deepening of the relations between the Parliament and the Commission.
The President who is barely a few days old in office, advocated that the Community should strive to make the Parliament the “classic institution for monitoring adherence to our Member States commitment to the integration process”. He beckoned on Members of Parliament to accord high priority to “institutional reforms that will ensure greater efficiency in the establishment of economic, monetary and commercial integration”.
He went on to advise the Members of Parliament in his capacity as one of them in a recent past, to “support the various Member States in the implementation of the Community texts”. The Commission’s President used the medium to commend the progress made by the Community on the free movement of persons, goods, capital and services. Mr. De Souza further remarked on the introduction of the Common External Tariff (CET), which he says is an “extremely significant advancement which we must further develop”. In addition, the President extoled the resolutions of crises and the conduct of open and peaceful elections in the sub-region.
Furthermore, the President called for a greater collaboration of Member States on the issues of security; health challenges, making reference to malaria and its complications as well as constant monitoring of the Ebola Virus Disease against resurgence; and to curb the use of narcotics and other psychotropic substances among the youth.
President De Souza ended his address by reassuring Members of Parliament of his availability to examine in concert with them, all proposals intended to speed up the integration process for the attainment of the ECOWAS Vision 2020.