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Energy and roads infrastructures to be the focus during China-ECOWAS economic and trade summit

Posted by African Press International on August 10, 2008

Story by Ekoue Blame

The 34th Summit of Ecowas Heads of State held in Abuja in 2008 placed high premium on the need to strike a strategic partnership with China in the ears of trade , energy , transport and agricultural sectors.
As a result ,the Ecowas Private and Public Sectors tycoons and technocrats met in Lome to adopt a strategy framework for economic co-operation ahead of the much awaited first China-Ecowas Economic and Trade Forum scheduled for the 23th to 26th of September 2008 in Beijing.
The new framework is expected to respond positively to emerging global economic trends rather than political imperatives of the past.
According to the Ecowas specialists present at the this anticipatory meeting, the China-Ecowas Economic and Trade Forum will focus more in the areas which can be helpful the two sides.
Mr Alfred Braimah , Director of the Private Sector of the Ecowas Commission and also chairman of the meeting explained to the BBC English service that every activity has a climax , and for us at the Ecowas this is one, we have been working towards mobilization in both private and public sectors for the upcoming China-Ecowas Forum because we have since been working towards mobilizing key projects across all sectors for the Forum. So this meeting is to offer member states and distinguished business promoters of the private sector the opportunity to review their projects .
Many issues like the public and private sectors Investment in africa, the Transfer of Technology, and modernization of the Agriculture as well as the bilateral trade partnership between the Chinese government and the West African sub-region will be in the agenda of this first Economic and Trade China-Ecowas Forum he explained.
He said all the focus will be put more in the energy ,road and railway infrastructures as the key priorities to promote trade within the Ecowas Community.
Mr Braimah said the critical milestone we want to achieve to-day is focus , focus in terms of priority projects that will move forward the regional integration process and also priority projects that will support the private sector growth in the 15 member-states.
In a proposed document of lists submitted to the projects review committee by all participants from the 15 Ecowas member states.
At the meeting the focus was on the priorities such as regional and national roads infrastructural projects .

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