Panafrican News Agency

The Gambia assumes ECOWAS commission presidency

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia will assume the presidency of the ECOWAS Commission for the period 2022-2026, a decision unanimously taken by the ECOWAS Council, a statement made available by the State House said here Wednesday.

The statement disclosed that The Gambia's candidate to occupy this high profile position is Dr. Omar Touray, adding that this is the first time in the history of the ECOWAS Commission that The Gambia will occupy the presidency. The position rotates among the member-states of the organization.

President Adama Barrow received the news with delight, saying it was a sign of the country's recognition within the sub-region.

He noted that The Gambia had gained more respect among its peers in the sub-region since he came to office in 2017.

Since assuming office, the Barrow administration has strengthened the country's democratic credentials and respect for the rule of law and the independence of the institutions of the state.

-0-PANA MSS/RA  6Oct2021