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ICE outgoing president urged member states to domesticate AFCFTA among others

By Fatou Dahaba
The outgoing president of the 23rd session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) Adeosun David urged member states of United Nations Economic for Africa sub-regional office for West to domesticate African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) and AU Agenda 2063 and effectively reap the benefits of the continental Trade Agreement.
He further urged the member states to allow more resources to education with emphasis on vocational training and skill development, health and the provision of other social infrastructure to maximize demographics dividends among other.
He made this statement’s during the 24th conference of the intergovernmental committee of senior officials and experts (24th ICE) for West in Banjul.
“There is need to invest in research and development on COVID-19 and emerging diseases as well as mobilize resources for investment be in prevention and cure of the diseases; member countries to put in place strategic policies/initiatives to manage population growth and harness demographic dividends.”
These were part of the recommendations made during the 23rd ICE of the bureau during the hybrid meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.
The theme was Maximizing Investment to Optimize Demographic Dynamics in a COVID-19 era. It was during this meeting when Adeosun became the president of the 23rd session of the ICE.
Account to him the implementation and the recommendations of the 23rd session were hampered by numerous constraints l, exacerbated by the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic that has been ravaging the world Economies since December 2019 ad well as the SECU challenges on the Sahel.
Eighty percent of the 15 member states have ratified the AFCFTA agreement, while countries namely, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Niger, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, The Gambia, Ghana and Togo have validated their AFCFTA national strategy documents; while 7 national AFCFTA strategies are being implemented.
The draft ECOWAS sub-regional AFCFTA strategy document produced will be validated in the last week of November.

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