ECOWAS Commission Vice President Edward Singhatey has encouraged journalists from the West African region to be mindful of the link between stability, economic development and integration when reporting ECOWAS news and events across the region.
The meeting between Singhatey and the media was held May 31 in Abuja, Nigeria. The young media practitioners who were selected to attend the interactive session were also in attendance at the “Get to Know ECOWAS” program hosted by the ECOWAS Commission. Singhatey stressed the importance of trans-national issues of the coexisting states and challenged the journalists to be more aggressive when reporting the regional organization’s integration agenda.
The journalists were made privy to the strides being made by ECOWAS and the new programs that are preparing for launch that will focus on effective integration. Singhatey provided examples such as the ECOWAS biometric card system, trans-national road and rail infrastructure, trade liberalization and better cooperation between adjoining states.
Singhatey then answered questions from reporters about the process of how cases are brought to the ECOWAS court of justice, institutional reforms, ECOWAS’ intervention in times of political turmoil, poverty reducing programs and developmental partner collaborations.