ECOWAS Parliament call for commitment to achieve single currency

By Adoba Echono

0 591

The Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament Dr Sidie Tunis has called for more political commitment towards the adoption of the ECOWAS common current.

Dr Tunis made the call at the fifth Legislature of the Community Parliament held in Bissau, Guinea Bissau, with the theme “ECOWAS Common Currency and the Inter Bank Payment System as Promoters of Regional Trade”. 

The Speaker of the Community Parliament blamed the inflation in the region on the use of United States dollars in trade.

“We should be able to trade easily with our currency but that is not happening, trading with USD is naturally increasing prices on our commodities”.

According to Dr Tunis in an interview with journalists at the parliamentary seminar on Sequencing ECOWAS Monetary Cooperation Towards Single Currency, with the theme: “ECOWAS Common Currency and the Inter Bank Payment System as Promoters of Regional Trade,” there have been a lot of commitments from the Authority of Heads of States and there have been a series of meetings specifically about the single Currency.

” Now with the progress in place, I believe every member would want it to be successful, that is the reason why we are all here.” 

“The most important thing is that there is commitment from the leaders, the authorities of head of states on single Currency,” Tunis said.

Dr Tunis said beyond the political commitments to the currency project, that the next big issue is how to transition to the next phase of currency adoption and introduction in the region.  “What we should be thinking of now is how to move from where we are right now to the next level. That is where the problem is,” he said.

“How do we also overcome the influence of the people outside the sub-region? The good thing is that the Authority of the Heads of States are very committed, they have a determination to move it forward, so it is only good for us to be realistic and that is the only way we can come together to agree on the year 2027.

 “That is why we bring the 15 countries from West Africa here and experts from Africa monitoring agencies,” he said.

Speaking on the benefits of the ECOWAS common currency, Dr Tunis said that its introduction will drive down inflation. “The benefits are enormous. Today we are grumbling about prices on commodities everywhere, principally because of the currency, we are all trading with the USD, we are not trading amongst ourselves.”


Hauwa M.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.