The Members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), meeting in an extraordinary session in Winneba, Ghana on 19 October 2021, adopted the 2022 budget of the Community institution.
The 20,401,258 Unit of Account budget of Parliament for 2022 aims to produce lasting effects in the region and prioritises activities that are of great benefits for the citizens of the Community.
Closing the session, the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Sidie Mohamed Tunis, said the Covid-19 pandemic in the world and especially in the West African region, requires countries to take robust economic measures in all activities. Therefore, he added, Parliament must find a right balancing of figures that, on the one hand, meet the prudent standard outlined in the Budget circular transmitted by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, and conversely, give the Parliament the liberty to exercise its functions of representation. “I am happy to note that this right balance was achieved”, indicated the Speaker of Parliament Tunis. .
He seized the opportunity to forewarn Parliamentarians that “the year 2022 promises to be a testing and challenging year” However, the Speaker of Parliament expressed confidence that:“With the quality of work we have done here, we can safely conclude that we have adequately provided for programmes and activities to advance the Parliament further along the path of growth and development, as we continue to ensure that the cardinal objectives which we are committed to, remain at the forefront of our planning”.