His Excellency, Sidie Mohamed Tunis, Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on Sunday arrived in Accra, Ghana and today Monday would move to Winneba in the Effutu Constituency for a High Level Seminar and Extraordinary Meeting of the sub-regional body.
An estimated 200 delegation made up of ECOWAS Members of Parliament, working staff, resource persons and experts from a varied background have also started to arrive in the country ahead of the Seminar and Extraordinary Meetings to be held in Winneba.
This is the second time this year that the Effutu Constituency is playing host to the ECOWAS Parliament, a rare occurrence for the body to move have its meetings outside a capital city and in a peri-urban setting for that matter.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, in his capacity as Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, is expected to open the Seminar in Winneba on Wednesday October 18 by 10 AM at the JophusAnamuah-Mensah Auditorium at the University of Education Winneba.
“Winneba is an amazing coastal city with a rich history and remarkable culture,” says Afenyo-Markin, who recently returned from Abuja after taking part in the proceedings of the ECOWAS Parliament. “Since I became the MP of Effutu, we have been working so hard to fully develop Winneba’s true potential as both a business hub, tourist destination and land of endless opportunities for all citizens who dare to dream.”
“We have already made significant progress in many areas,” he adds.
“We are strategically improving the livelihoods of the people through calculated investments in very critical areas. I am talking about education, small scale industries, housing, access to health, and hospitality. The result is that modern education facilities are coming to Effutu, modern homes and residential facilities are being built, and sustainable jobs are being created and more.”
“The ultimate dream is to develop Effutu in general to such a level as to make it an attractive destination of choice for major local and international businesses, events and conferences. Therefore, the decision by the ECOWAS Parliament to have Winneba host ECOWAS MPs for the meetings could not have come at a more opportune time.”
“We have already started making all the necessary preparations to host the two events successfully,” states Afenyo-Markin. “We intend to make all our visitors feel at home throughout their days in Ghana and leave with the best possible memories of our people and our culture.”
According to Afenyo-Markin, “the potential impact of the two international conferences on Winneba’s economy, and the people Effutu in general, will be phenomenal.