Foreign Minister Kemayah denounces Liberia’s under-representation in ECOWAS as a sign of relegation from the country’s historic role
Monrovia – Liberian Foreign Minister HE Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., drew the attention of ECOWAS to Liberia’s low quota and under-representation in all institutions of the organization, stating that This weak representation of Liberia in the most influential sub-region is not only a reflection of the involvement of the shadows, but a sign of relegation from the historical role of Liberia, given the training and the maintenance of the sub-regional body.
The dean of the cabinet said: “As we recognize the efforts of the past government to fill Liberia’s existing gaps in the institutions of the Community, let me also hasten to ask for the indulgence of the Community to deploy all possible efforts to ensure that Liberia’s pioneering leadership is reflected in all organs. of ECOWAS.
He added that Liberia has used her motherly love to help many of our brotherly ECOWAS states, but unfortunately our country has lost its deserving quota exponentially; due in large part to the civil war that ravaged the country and the resulting economic consequences ”.
Minister Kemayah, who officially opened a two-day consultative workshop with media organizations on ECOWAS VISION 2050, held on May 20, 2021 at Cape Hotel, said the Foreign Ministry under his leadership remained steadfast in his engagement; as an integral part of its ongoing reform process; to continue to work with the ECOWAS Commission and ECOWAS in general to ensure a paradigm shift in the premises.
The Chief Diplomat of Liberia applauded the ECOWAS Commission for the support and opportunity to have its contributions in the impending 2050 vision of the Community as a means of implementing the community principle of; “From the ECOWAS of the States to the ECOWAS of the peoples”.
“At the same time, we also want to take this opportunity to urge our stakeholders and participants to consider the indispensable role of the media in strengthening governance and development; in particular to provide for the development of our community ”, noted the Minister
Amb. Kemayah also encouraged participants to remain steadfast in the processes leading to the dissemination of relevant or relevant information on ECOWAS activities as the region strives to forge a stronger partnership for the development of the Community.
“I will not forget to inform you of our collective quest to promote and maintain peace, unity and stability as necessary pillars for the realization of the development vision of the Community. The media are essential and crucial to achieve this goal.
“These planned efforts to strengthen the development path of our community; place a compelling cloud over stakeholders and members of our media community to ensure that this visioning exercise achieves the desired goal for our ECOWAS region, ”noted Minister Kemayah.
For his part, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Ledgerhood J. Rennie said that information and communication technologies play a central role in today’s modern world, shaping and stimulating the general public’s perception and reception of issues, policies and issues. actions – whether global, regional, national or even local, through the use of various types of media – traditional, social and multimedia gadgets and platforms.
Minister Rennie further underlined that with the advancement of ICT, a vast new world of opportunities is available to the media for the production of creative content and means to build a better world for ourselves.
Liberia’s Minister of Information, however, said ECOWAS member states should also be aware that the latitudes made available by the use of the internet to reach mass populations should not be abused or exploited for bad reasons.
“There is a plethora of examples in our respective operational areas; this gathering now has a single platform for Vision 2050 to respond to such a concern ”.
As a result, he said that this consultative meeting of media experts from across the region by ECOWAS is not only appropriate, but the right approach to capture the participation and inclusion of the region’s media to derive value from it. global and all-encompassing vision that will serve as a roadmap for the development of the common world for the next three decades.
“I therefore urge you my professional and esteemed media colleagues who participate in these two days of consultations to be bold, open, ambitious, fair and pragmatic in your deliberations ensuring that the best ideas from the media in the region and for the media from the region be captured in Vision 2050, ”said Minister Rennie.
Speaking on behalf of Ms. Finda Koroma, Vice-President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Nat B. Walker, Head of the Liberia office, said the Authority of Heads of State and Government adopted the ECOWAS Vision 2020 in June 2007 as a strategic framework for the transformation of ECOWAS into a borderless, peaceful and prosperous region.
He noted that the Vision 2050 journey is a continuation of what they started and ended together through Vision 2020.
Mr Walker added that the 2020 vision, entitled “Towards a democratic and prosperous community”, was based on five pillars, namely: peace and security; good governance; development of the region’s resources; economic and monetary integration; and promotion of the private sector.
He said that the implementation of the 2020 vision has led to remarkable successes, among which the institution of the ECOWAS common passport, the insurance of the ECOWAS brown card, the biometric identity card. national tariff and the common external tariff, which facilitated free movement. In the region.
Speaking further, the head of the ECOWAS office in Liberia Walker said others include the implementation of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework and the establishment of the African Health Organization. of the West (9WAHO), which has been instrumental in the fight against epidemics. and other health emergencies such as Ebola and COVID-19.
The workshop brought together several media officials from the 15 member countries, including Ms. Esthella Karmo, Director General of Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Umaru Fofana, BBC, Ms. Eva Flomo, ECOWAS Radio Coordinator among others.