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ECOWAS To Unveil Single Currency, ECO

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Information reaching the OsunReporters News has it that the plans of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) single currency, known as ECO, have reached an advanced stage, with the Nigerian government officially endorsing the initiative aimed at fostering growth and development across the West African sub-regions.

____;;;The ECO has been integrated into the forthcoming three-in-one identity card, set for roll-out in August by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). This development marks a significant step forward in the region’s economic integration efforts.

According to reports, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from the 15 ECOWAS member states convened at the 92nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers in Abuja, where they agreed on the modalities for the single currency initiative. The meeting underscored the collective commitment to realizing this ambitious goal.

However, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, emphasized the anticipated positive impact of the ECO in a statement released by Mohammed Manga, Director of Press for the Ministry. Edun highlighted that the single currency,,….would be pivotal in promoting “economic growth and development in the region,” and reaffirmed Nigeria’s dedication to its successful implementation.

According to the statement which detailed the collaborative efforts among participants to prepare for the introduction of the single currency, setting the stage for a more integrated economic future for the ECOWAS member states, “The vision for the ECO extends beyond a mere currency. It aspires to become a cornerstone of economic integration, streamlining trade and bolstering monetary stability across the region,” the statement read.

Eminent personalities at the gathering includes Cape Verde’s Minister of Finance, Olavo Correia, Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Adama Coulibaly, and Ghana’s Minister of Finance, Mohammed Amin Adam, among other representatives. Their participation highlights the broad support and collaborative effort behind the ECO initiative, aiming to enhanc….. economic cohesion and prosperity in West Africa.

At the time of filing this report, no specific date for the proposed plans.


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