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Consideration of the 2023 Budget as contained in the agenda for the 2022 Second Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament

The 2022 Second Extraordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, dedicated to the consideration of its 2023 Budget, commenced on Monday, 3 October 2022, in Lomé, the capital of Togo.

The opening session was chaired by the Speaker of the Togolese National Assembly, Yawa Djibodi Tsegan, in the presence of the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Sidie Mohamed Tunis.

In her opening speech, Madam Tsegan noted that despite the efforts made by ECOWAS Member States, “Our Community is still faced with some persistent challenges such as access to basic amenities and decent employment, security challenges, poor health facilities and unstable economies”.

For this reason, the Speaker of the Togolese National Assembly called for concerted efforts among Member States of the Community in search of ways and means to restore peace wherever it is threatened.

Speaking during this occasion, the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Sidie Mohamed Tunis, drew the attention of the Community Parliamentarians to the importance and the significances of this exercise, which is the consideration and adoption of Parliament’s Budget which will enable the Institution to operate and finance its activities.

The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament spoke of the crisis currently facing the world as a result of the war in Ukraine, which constitutes “not only a real threat to international peace and security, but also a clear risk of an unprecedented global economic crisis”.

At the end of the opening session, the Community Parliamentarians adopted the Report of the 2022 First Ordinary Session of the Parliament. Followed by the presentation of the preliminary draft of the 2023 budget of the Community Institution.

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