ECOWAS Parliamentarians have expressed concerns over the slow pace of implementation of developmental projects in some member states.
Speaking in Conakry at the ongoing Delocalized meeting of the joint committee on communications and information Technology/Committee on Education, science and Technology/Committee on Labour Employment, youth, sports and Culture, the Chairman Committee on communication and Hon.
Halidou Nassirou from Niger said, that it was necessary for members states to intensify efforts at ensuring that ECOWAS projects are carried out for a sustainable regional integration.
In a presentation, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion, Mamadou Traore maintained that the ECOWAS Commission is committed to strengthening Small and Medium Enterprises through its regional Capacity Building Programmes.
He disclosed that the commission is ready to address some of the challenges being experience in the region through its “new investment policy” coming up in December this year.
He said Entrepreneurship and SMEs are the foundation of societies including ECOWAS.
According to him, they can provide inclusive development , decent jobs for the majority and opportunities to turn our bourgeoning population into a dividend instead of a curse .
He however lamented that key challenges to the growth of Entrepreneurship and SMEs in ECOWAS region exist due to insufficient capacity , poor business climate , general lack of access to market and relevant finance etc.
He opined that ECOWAS Parliamentarians can through their position in the region improve these difficulties by supporting regional and national programs , and paying more attention to their implementation.
He said that the Parliamentary Committee responsible for matters of Entrepreneurship and SMEs development should be strenghtened to effectively monitor implementation of relevant ECOWAS regional policies and programs.
“This meeting is evidence that parliament is determined to be supportive of the implementation of entrepreneurship and SMEs development in ECOWAS ,” he said.
“I hope that our contributions will help parliament achieve its objectives in this regard fully,” he added.