Rabat – On Saturday, the Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Moustapha Cissé Lo, received the 2018 Crans Montana Foundation Award.
The international forum which is being held in Dakhla presented Cissé Lo with the award during an official ceremony attended by several renowned international figures and numerous attendees of the Crans Montana Forum.
Cissé Lo was presented with the award in recognition of his work as head of the parliamentary body which includes 16 member countries.
In February 2017, Morocco announced its desire to join the ECOWAS, as part of its vision to strengthen and deepen the cultural, economic and diplomatic links uniting Morocco and the ECOWAS member countries, as well as to advocate regional integration as a vector of economic acceleration in Africa.
The kingdom’s announcement came just a month after its return to the African Union after 33 years of absence.
Several other participants were honored at the Crans Montana Forum, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
First Lady of the Republic of Palau and Michel Martelly, former President of the Republic of Haiti, were also honored during the ceremony.
Saturday’s ceremony was chaired by Jean-Paul Carteron, Honorary President and Founder of the Crans Montana Forum.
During the ceremony, Carteron received the Global Leadership Award which was presented by American civil rights activist Jesse Louis Jackson.
The Golden Medals of the Crans Montana Forum were received by Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, Economic Adviser for the African Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) and Former Vice President for Africa for the World Bank and Sun Xiansheng, Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum.