Bilateral Relations China to build new ECOWAS headquarters

The design team will start work immediately for the project which was initiated in 2012 in line with the aspirations Member countries.

  • Published:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a 31.6 million dollars grant with the Government of China in view of the proposed ECOWAS headquarters building project.

A statement issued by the Commission, said the ECOWAS Commission President, Jean-Claude Brou and the Ambassador of China to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Zhou Pingjian signed for both parties in a bilateral meeting held at the ECOWAS Commission headquarters, Abuja on Wednesday.

READ MORE: Mahama reviews security preparations ahead of Sierra Leone elections

According to the statement, Mr. Brou expressed gratitude to the Chinese government for the grant, saying it was a mark of goodwill from the Asian country to ECOWAS and then further expressed the region’s Commitment to foster the ECOWAS-China cooperation.

Mr. Brou said, the need for a new building for ECOWAS was necessitated by increasing number of staff, which led to the Commission to presently operate from three buildings distantly apart from each other.

 

He has urged the design team to ensure that the building had an architecture that reflected the culture and 'Africaness' of ECOWAS Member States.

He was also thankful for China’s readiness to maintain the building for three years after completion.

Ambassador Pingjian on his part, reaffirmed China's commitment to continue to promote the China-ECOWAS friendly cooperation through similar economic and technical cooperation saying that China values the cooperation and stands “ready to nurture this relationship” by the construction of the ECOWAS Headquarters.

Mr. Pingjian assured ECOWAS that the construction will be of high quality that will take into considerations the cultural biases of the region.

The agreement which comes into force with immediate effect will cater for offices and conference complex building, as well as road facilities, electrical equipment, parking lots and security posts within the proposed site of the project.

The design team will start work immediately for the project which was initiated in 2012 in line with the aspirations Member countries.

READ ALSO: ECOWAS single currency must be achieved by 2020 – Akufo-Addo

An ECOWAS designated authority and the China Development Bank Corporation will work together to verify records of account payments at regular intervals.

The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mrs. Finda Koroma, some Commissioners of the ECOWAS Commission as well as the Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Zhao Linxiang were also in attendance at the signing ceremony of the MoU for ECOWAS and China respectively.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Marriage Material Stop hustling for husbands after acting 'silly' in...bullet
2 Katanka Car Kantanka releases Ghana's own G-Wagonbullet
3 Video Lebanese ‘galamseyer’ brags about his connections at the...bullet
4 Contradiction 10,000 nurses won't be employed in May - Health...bullet
5 Contradiction Nana Addo hasn't paid GH¢1 billion NHIS debt -...bullet
6 Millionaire's Club Kennedy Agyapong is not my business partner...bullet
7 Photos East Legon to Spintex road opens to trafficbullet
8 Crime 3 Police officers arrested for renting out guns to...bullet
9 Fraudulence Lawyer convicted for fraudbullet
10 Alleged Fraud Police deny arrest of young millionaire...bullet

Top Videos

1 Video Sad tale of Ghanaian journalist who left BBC for $162,000 drug jobbullet
2 Video Obinim church members confess sexual sinsbullet
3 Ebony's Death Video of Ebony's soldier singing 'morale songs' goes viralbullet
4 Video I don't have time for sex - Obinimbullet
5 Political Marriage Ras Mubarak Marries Muntaka's Daughter As...bullet
6 Accident Truck driver survives death in accident at Taifabullet
7 Failed Promises Nurses threaten to vote against NPPbullet
8 Preparing For Death Pastor makes his tomb in his housebullet
9 Video Obinim dashes woman a child from his 'Children...bullet
10 #One Corner New dance craze hits Swedrubullet

Local