By Omonu YG Nelson
The Senegalese delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament, on Friday, December 1 presented it’s country report to the august assembly during the 2023 Second Ordinary Session. The report highlighted the nation’s political, judicial, and economic developments, focusing on the impact of various exogenous shocks and the country’s unwavering commitment to sub-regional integration.
The Senegalese delegation, led by Honorable Aimé ASSINE, acknowledged the challenges faced by the country, including the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economic crisis. Despite these challenges, the reportemphasised Senegal’s resilience and its determination to move forward.
The report highlighted the importance of the National Dialogue initiated by President Macky SALL, emphasizing its role in engaging various societal components and fostering democratic values. The upcoming 2024 Presidential election was also discussed, with the delegation underscoring the country’s commitment to a peaceful and transparent electoral process.
The delegation reaffirmed Senegal’s commitment to an independent and impartial judicial system, emphasizing the ongoing legal case involving Ousmane SONKO. They stressed the importance of due process and the presumption of innocence.
Despite the global economic slowdown, Senegal demonstrated resilience, with the report outlining measures taken to mitigate the impact on citizens. The delegation reaffirmed Senegal’s unwavering commitment to sub-regional integration through ECOWAS and other regional initiatives.
The Senegalese delegation concluded by expressing gratitude to ECOWAS for its role in fostering regional cooperation and development. They reiterated Senegal’s unwavering commitment to the ECOWAS vision of a united and prosperous West Africa.
The country report presented by the Senegalese delegation served as a testament to Senegal’s resilience, its commitment to democratic principles, and its unwavering dedication to sub-regional integration. As Senegal navigates the challenges ahead, its partnership with ECOWAS remains crucial in achieving its aspirations for a brighter future.