ECOWAS Strives to Establish a More Unified Identity for Community Citizens.
23rd July 2014 West Africa is well on its way to establishing a more unified identity with the recent report that the Economic Community of West African States Heads of State have decided to do away with residence permits for community citizens. The body will instead introduce a biometric identity card as it works towards a more integrated West Africa. This information was shared by the President, ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, at the 34th meeting of the convergence Council of Ministers and Governors of Central Banks of the West African Monetary Zone.
The body has also adopted the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET), to promote trade exchange and investments within the region. This move will begin to lay the foundation for the proposed single currency for the region .