West Africa to Emulate Chinese Development Model

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it would explore the possibility of emulating the integrated approach to development which has transformed China into an economic giant for the benefit of its citizens.

President of the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador James Victor Gbeho, said this in Beijing, according to a statement from the commission.

Gbeho, who led a high-level ECOWAS delegation for talks aimed at strengthening cooperation between China, the Commission and its Member States, said at a meeting with the Chinese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Zhai Jun, that “ECOWAS will continue to look at the Peoples Republic of China as a source of inspiration on how to bring economic progress and integration to the West African region.”

Ambassador Gbeho also applauded the United Nations Security Council of which China is a member for their support and understanding which contributed to the resolution of the recent political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire.

He conveyed the gratitude of the ECOWAS Chairman and Member States to the Government and people of the Peoples Republic of China for their contribution to the development of West Africa.

Welcoming the delegation, Jun said West Africa has a lot to learn from China which has prioritized the development of its infrastructure as the surest way of bringing development to the people in an integrated manner.

The delegation was also at the China-Africa Development Fund (CADfund) where they canvassed for the Fund’s support for the development of the region’s infrastructure and agriculture.