By Cecil Mensah
As part of measures by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to find a lasting solution to the crisis in Guinea Bissau, leading to a credible elections and promotion of good governance, a preparatory meeting for the international donors conference on Guinea Bissau, has been held in Accra, under the auspices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, led by Madam Hannah Tetteh to find ways of assisting that country.
The conference was attended by Ministers of Foreign Affairs of ECOWAS member states, the Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau and donor partners like the European Union (EU).
Speaking at the meeting, President of the ECOWAS, Mr Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, said the meeting was aimed at enabling the country to resolutely prosecute its reforms and its economic recovery.
He recalled the relevance of the vision of the Heads of States and governments, who as early as 2012, realized that the consolidation of the political process and final stabilization of Guinea Bissau.
According to him, this should go hand -in -hand with the conduct of appropriate reforms to enable the country overcome the structural handicaps in its development.
Political, diplomatic and military efforts ECOWAS has been deployed in the country’s crisis-recovery process, he explained.
He said, through the sustained mediation actions, “we have supported the transition leading to the holding of credible elections and have actively participated in the country’s stabilization process, particularly through the deployment of the ECOMIB force and the commencement of the implementation of the Defence and Security Sector Reform Programme”.
On his part, Madam Hannah Tetteh, said Ghana chose to host the meeting to help find lasting solutions to the crisis that has plagued a member country of ECOWAS.
She said, ECOWAS was committed to the promotion of good governance in the ECOWAS sub -region.
She was hopeful that the assistance, would lead to credible election in the crisis ridden West African country and a member of ECOWAS.