Gambia, Sierra Leone favour Liberia’s bid to host ICE 2019

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Gambia and Sierra Leone have supported the bid by Liberia to host the next annual rotational conference of high-level decision-makers from ECOWAS member states.

The meeting, dubbed Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) for West Africa, is annually organised by the West Africa office of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Every year, the ICE is hosted by a member state of ECOWAS at the request of the country.  And at the end of the 21st session, held in Cotonou, Benin from 27 to 29 June 2018, Liberia expressed interest to host the next one in 2019.

“We would like to express our desire to host the next ICE,” said the head of Liberian government delegation to the meeting in Cotonou.  “Liberia is a very beautiful country; we have cocoa and we are very hospital to our guests.”

The head of Sierra Leonean government delegation supported Liberia’s bid.

“I am very happy to support the motion for Liberia to host the next ICE,” the Sierra Leonean said. 

The head of Gambia’s delegation to Cotonou, Madam Juldeh Ceesay, said since the beginning of the programme, The Gambia had been planning to host the meeting.

“But I have been informed that we will be hosting the OIC [Organisation of Islamic Cooperation] Summit next year, so we will be very busy.  For that being the case, we are happy to support the bid of Liberia,” she said.

The director of ECA West Africa, Prof. Dimitri Sanga, said the ECA secretariat would now work out an agreement with the government of Liberia for ICE 2019.