Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has bemoaned the lack of political will by Member States towards the integration process in the ECOWAS sub-region.
According to him, the subregions could have attained maximum economic growth than its present state, if not for the lack of political will.
“In our view, since the ECOWAS integration process started in 1975, we should have made more progress than today, but due to lack of political will, member countries are not opening up to each other”.
“It is about time we open up to each other so that we all enjoy the benefits of economic integration”. He noted.
Dr. Bawumia made this observation when a delegation from the ECOWAS parliament led by the Speaker, Hon. Moustapha Cisse Lo, paid a courtesy call on him at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Wednesday.
The Vice-President commenting further said it was this challenge, (lack of political will) that the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has started talking to his peers in the region to be more open with each other to fast-track the integration process.
To live by example, he said, Ghana would from September 1, 2017, remove all domestic barriers to promote the free movement of people as well as goods and services between member countries.
Story: Richmond Adu Dwamena