Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the President of Benin, H.E. Patrice Talon, have agreed to reconvene the Permanent Joint Commission for Co-operation to be held in Cotonou.


The agreement was reached when President Talon was in Ghana, yesterday, on a one-day state visit.


During the visit, President Akufo-Addo, reiterated Ghana’s commitment to the process of integration among West Africa states and to accelerate the agenda of a common currency project in the region.


President Akufo-Addo expressed concern about the failure of the two projects to materialize despite several efforts over the last 10 years.


He commended President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger for his efforts and gave the assurance that Ghana would support and intensify the regional integration agenda.


He identified the implementation of two regional projects—the Lagos-Cotonou-Lome road project and the Ghana and La Cote D’Ivoire Railway as critical to and a “powerful motto in moving” the regional integration project ahead.


“These would not only link us but also promote that common response to the numerous problems confronting the region—terrorism and child trafficking, among others,” President Akufo-Addo said, adding that if these projects were initiated and completed, they would become the “integration facts on the ground which will form an even stronger bond among member states”.


President Akufo- Addo said he was impressed by the Benin President’s passionate inclination to Pan Africanism and his quest to see integration among member states.


He noted that he and President Talon had things in common, citing their election as President in the same year.


This means, he said, “there is a special responsibility between the two of us to develop a relationship and move it to many areas.


President Talon, who has since returned to his home country, reaffirmed his commitment to partnering Ghana to fast-track the regional integration agenda.


Ghana and Niger President’s were tasked by ECOWAS to speed up the single monetary integration and develop new strategies to speed up the convergence process and to supervise the single currency convergence process.


The objectives of the co-Prosperity Alliance and the larger ECOWAS project, also demand that regular meetings of Joint Commission should be held to provide the framework for dealing with pressing matters confronting member states.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)