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ECOWAS holds meeting on regional development

The main goal of ECOWAS is to promote economic cooperation among member states in order to raise living standards and promote economic development. ECOWAS has also worked to address some security issues by developing a peacekeeping force for conflicts in the region.

Thus Members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Joint Committee on Political Affairs, Peace, Security and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Telecommunications and Information Technology are meeting in Ghana to brainstorm the role of telecommunication in achieving regional development.

The meeting which is underway in Winneba Ghana kicked off on 27th this month and will climax on the 31st of July under the theme “The role of telecommunications and information technology (TIT) in achieving regional development.”

Delegates at the Meeting are discussing several issues ranging from the influence of TIT on elections in member states, regional roaming issues:…

African countries cannot leapfrog their way into industrialization. Yes, there was a telecommunications jump largely bypassing landlines to mobile phones in the early 2000s, but internet penetration is still low at 36%. Other sectors of many African economies are stagnating. For instance, electricity is a foundational requirement for industry, manufacturing enterprises, for doing business, for running hospitals, schools, and for improving the quality of life at home. Yet over 600 million Africans still lack access to reliable and affordable electricity. This further depresses business productivity and generating their own power increases the operating expenses of companies. More broadly, the objectives of the landmark African Continental Free Trade Area to boost intra-African trade are severely hampered by the limited transportation options to facilitate the affordable and efficient movement of people, goods, and services from one country to another. The lack of adequate water and sanitation presents overwhelming and adverse health …

Just one day before Kenya announced its first coronavirus case on the 12th of March a company that specialises in the processing of quality fish leather, was incorporated in Kenya. 

Named Newton Fish Leather, the company is a Kenyan tannery leading in the manufacturing of exotic leather from fish skin. Newton Fish Leather is stationed in Kisumu, in the north-eastern coast of Lake Victoria. 

Kisumu’s fishing economy has been firmly established since the very beginning of the twentieth century when the railway from the coastal Kenyan town of Mombasa to the Ugandan capital Kampala, was completed. Running through Kisumu it enabled the transport of fresh catch to Nairobi markets making it the most important inland fishing town in Kenya. 

“We use skin from Nile Perch, which largely populates the iconic Lake Victoria, chief reservoir of the Nile River,” says the company’s CEO and co-director,