ECOWAS: Challenging Renewed Fragility and Violence
HE Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, President of the Commission, Economic Community of West African States
Chair: Alex Vines, Research Director, Regional and Security Studies, Chatham House
The West Africa region faces a number of challenges, from coups and constitutional crises, to illicit trade in drugs and arms. The regional body, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), must confront all of these challenges in an attempt to maintain stability and promote regional growth and development.
The Commission of the thirteen-member group (since the suspension of Niger and Guinea) is led by HE Dr Mohamed Chambas, Executive Secretary of ECOWAS since February 2002. During this time ECOWAS has been involved in the resolution of conflicts in Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau and Togo and its international profile has grown. At this meeting Dr Chambas will discuss his experience at ECOWAS, the challenges the group currently faces and his ambitions for the region.
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