Rabat - “Côte d'Ivoire is in favor of this accession,” said Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara as he endorsed Morocco’s bid to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) during a recent interview with Jeune Afrique.
Rabat – “Côte d’Ivoire is in favor of this accession,” said Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara as he endorsed Morocco’s bid to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) during a recent interview with Jeune Afrique.
In his interview, the president underscored the importance for the community to open up to other African nations.
According to the president, Morocco’s accession is beneficial, “because we consider that enlarging the economic space is good for growth.”
Ouattara also added that the ECOWAS commission has been mandated to study the issue, and two summits have already discussed it.
“As far as we are concerned, we are in favor of Morocco’s accession,” he said.
He also raised the question of why the community “can’t open up to countries like Morocco, Mauritania or Chad,” adding that such accessions would “be good for all of us and in line with the free trade area of the African continent.”
Morocco announced its desire to join the ECOWAS in February 2017. The North African country aims to strengthen the cultural, economic, and diplomatic links uniting Morocco and ECOWAS member countries.
In March, Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament Moustapha Cissé Lo announced his support for Morocco’s bid to access ECOWAS at a conference in Rabat held under the title “Towards a Better Movement of People and Goods between African countries.”
Cissé Lo said that Morocco’s accession to ECOWAS will undoubtedly add value to the community, asserting that his parliament will “fully play its role in the process of Morocco’s admission to ECOWAS.”