ECOWAS Commission president Omar Alieu Touray assures the United Nations High-Level Panel on Security, Governance and Development in the Sahel of strategic collaboration and equitable partnerships in addressing the economic and security challenges in the region.
Touray solicited the panel’s support with respect to achieving the regional West African economic and political bloc vision within the four years tenure, according to a statement shared with media outlets.
He also shared his administration objectives and plans when he hosted the five-member group of UN experts of the Panel led by Mr. Abdallah Boureima at the ECOWAS Commission Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria on January 23
The panel discussed regional cooperation, security in the Sahel and the Gulf of Guinea as well as developmental challenges in the region.
The panel was established at the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2022 with a mandate the assess the situation in the Sahel and recommend measures to promote international engagement and proffering solutions to the region’s complex security and economic developmental challenges.
There has been a string of military takeovers in Africa in the last two years. Since August 2020, power has changed hands unconstitutionally six times in five countries: Burkina Faso (January 2022), Sudan (October 2021), Guinea (September 2021), Chad (April 2021), and Mali (August 2020 and May 2021). Two other African countries saw thwarted coup attempts in this period, Niger in March 2021 and Guinea-Bissau in January 2022, the latter of which led to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) deploying a force to the country.