President of the Africa Commission and south-south of the General Confederation of Enterprises in Morocco (CGEM), Abdou Diop, discusses Morocco’s adhesion to ECOWAS and the efforts carried by the CGEM in this regard.
While a second impact study is scheduled to take place mid-March, CGEM has shown a great desire to collaborate with the West African neighbors.
“We will have a meeting with the Federation of West African Employers’ Association (FWAEA), which is now presided by the Ivory Coast,” said Diop in an interview that will air this weekend.
“A certain number of missions will also take place in four countries in the following weeks: Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Ghana,” he explained. These four countries haven’t been chosen at random, as they are the most powerful economies in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
He reminds that the General Confederation of Enterprises in Morocco, known under its French acronym, “has met multiple patronages during the African-European Union forum in Abidjan. So there are multiple actions. However, it is a continuous process, but it’s insufficient.” According to him, a multichannel communication must involve think tanks, academics, and civil society.
Following its readmission into the African Union in January 2017, Morocco applied to join ECOWAS.
Alasanne Ouattara, the Ivory Coast President, announced in June of last year that Morocco’s request has been approved in principle despite it being a North African country; however, ECOWAS leaders asserted that the implications that Morocco’s membership would carry need to be considered before the kingdom can formally join.