An Essential Companion
Edited by Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters
Chapter 23: Parliamentary cooperation within the Economic Community of West African States
The Economic Community of West African States Parliament (ECOWAS-P) is one of the institutions of ECOWAS that creates the platform for national parliaments of member countries to engage in dialogue, consult and build consensus as the representative of the people of West Africa. Since its establishment in 2000 it has simultaneously operated alongside the 15 national parliaments. This chapter examines the existing channels, methods and tools of cooperation between the ECOWAS Parliament and the 15 national parliaments. It also assesses the challenges encountered in the process of cooperation, and provides policy recommendations for greater cooperation within the Community.
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