ECOWAS counts on support of Morocco to implement its development strategy for Sahel

The Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Désiré Kadré Ouedraougou, who is on a working visit to Morocco, said Wednesday in Rabat, that the regional organization “relies heavily on the support of the Kingdom to implement its strategy to promote development in the Sahel.”

“We request the support of the Kingdom to promote trade and investment in the region of West Africa in order to meet the needs of the population and strengthen peace and stability,” said Ouedraougou in a statement to MAP, following a meeting with Minister for Foreign Trade, Mohamed Abbou.

Ouedraougou said that his visit to the Kingdom aims to strengthen economic and trade relations between the fifteen West African states which form ECOWAS and Morocco.

For his part, Abbou stressed the readiness of Morocco to provide the necessary support to this regional grouping in its efforts to address the security and socio-economic challenges threatening the countries of the Sahel-Saharan region.