The ad hoc Committee on the Draft Rules of Procedure has proposed changes to the names and functions of the 13 standing committees of the ECOWAS Parliament and will now present the amendment for consideration and possible adoption by the Plenary.
Prior to kicking off its deliberations on Saturday 6th February 2016, the committee elected its Bureau with Honourable Essay Wouadja of Cote d’Ivoire as President and Ghanaian Honourable Simon Osei-Mensah as Vice President. Honourable Reine Sakande – Burkina Faso and Califa Seidi – Guinea Bissau are First and Second Rapporteurs respectively.
Under changes proposed by the Committee, the Committee on Agriculture, Environment, Water Resources and Rural Development retained its name and functions. If the proposal sails through, there would now be a Committee on Education, Science and Technology that has the functions of youth, sport and culture excised. The Committee on Labour and Employment will take on those functions to become the Committee on Labour, Employment, Youth, Sport and Culture.
Also to emerge is a Committee on Gender, Social Protection and Advancement of Women after taking on the additional function of Social Protection and Advancement of Women. To align with the structure of the technical Commissions of ECOWAS energy, mines and industry have been added to boost the functions of the Committee on Infrastructure, Energy, Mines and Industry. The proposed change will see the emergence of a Committee on Political Affairs, Peace and Security and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) after taking on the additional functions of peace and APRM while the Committee on Trade, Customs and Free Movements has updated to reflect movement of goods and services as opposed to only goods. It has therefore been re-named the Committee on Trade, Customs and free movement.