West African leaders agree on $1bn plan to fight armed groups

  • ECOWAS meeting

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) leaders have agreed on a $1 billion plan to combat rising insecurity across the region.

This was announced on Saturday at the end of the Economic Community Summit of West African States (ECOWAS) in Ouagadougou, where members of the bloc were joined by Mauritania and Chad.

The pledge is expected to be funded from 2020 to 2024.

ECOWAS had decided to mobilise “the financial resources of up to a billion dollars for the fight against terrorism”, said Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou.

The money, paid into a common fund, would help reinforce the military operations of the countries involved – and those of the joint military operations in the region.

Details of the plan would be presented to the next ECOWAS summit in December.


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