The President of Ghana ,Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been elected as the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the ongoing 57th ECOWAS Summit, which is being held in Niamey, capital of Niger.

The Ghanaian President takes over from President of the Republic of Niger, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic as the new chairman of ECOWAS for the next one year.

This was confirmed by the Press Secretary of the President, Eugene Arhin.

The last time a Ghanaian President was elected ECOWAS Chairman was during the 44th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS where former President Mahama, took over from Ivorian President Allasane Ouattara.

The ECOWAS summit, which is being held at the Mahatma Gandhi International Conference Centre will see leaders discussing reports from the 44th Ordinary Session of the Mediation and Security Council among others.

ECOWAS

The Economic Community of West African States, also known as ECOWAS, is a regional political and economic union of fifteen countries located in West Africa. The union was established on 28 May 1975 serves as a peacekeeping force in the region, with member states occasionally sending joint military forces to intervene in the bloc’s member countries at times of political instability and unrest.