The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has received a significant boost in its efforts to address crucial development areas within the sub-region. Germany has granted ECOWAS €81 million, bringing its decade-long support to a total of €500 million.
The president of ECOWAS, Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, made this announcement during the visit of the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, to Nigeria. The grant is intended to cover various critical sectors, including peace and security and social protection.
“The grant will cover areas such as a peaceful and inclusive society, climate and energy transition, sustainable economic development, health, social protection, and population. These are important sectors, and we appreciate Germany for their support,” Dr. Touray stated.
He also emphasised the need for collaboration between ECOWAS and Germany to address the challenges facing the subregion, including insecurity and infrastructure deficits.
Chancellor Scholz highlighted the importance of improving infrastructure and institutional development within ECOWAS to enhance trade exchanges in the sub-region. He also emphasised cooperation in areas like health, peace, and security.
Regarding security, the German Chancellor expressed support for ECOWAS’ stance on the Republic of Niger, condemning military takeovers of governments and stressing the importance of restoring constitutional authority for peace and security in the region.
This generous grant from Germany further strengthens the partnership between ECOWAS and Germany, reinforcing their commitment to promoting peace, security, and economic development in West Africa.