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The Members of the Bureau of the Court went on a mission at Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire, from 29 January to 1 February 2017.
During the mission, they paid a courtesy call on His Lordship the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Côte d’Ivoire and Chairman of the Judicial Council of ECOWAS, and had a working session with the President of the West African Jurists Association (WAJA).


During the visit, His Excellency the Ambassador and Special Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission at Abidjan, Mr. Babacar Carlos Mbaye, who led the delegation, introduced the Members of the Bureau to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Côte d’Ivoire.


The meeting between the Bureau of the Court and the Chief Justice (doubling as the Chairman of the Judicial Council of ECOWAS) began with customary greetings and wishes from Members of the Bureau to their distinguished host, after which they presented to him the main outlines of the of the programme they have mapped out for implementation during their tenure, and sought advice and direction from him, towards attaining the objectives they had set for themselves.


The Chief Justice listened carefully to the requests made by the new Bureau of the Court and assured them of his support, to enable them succeed during the period of their tenure in office.


He thanked the Bureau for their visit, which he considered to be a positive sign towards fruitful relations between the Court and the ECOWAS Judicial Council.


Again, he thanked them for the high consideration given him, in asking him to convey to the attention of the ECOWAS Commission the reforms the Court intends to initiate.


After the meeting with the Chief Justice, the Bureau held a working session with the President of WAJA.


The working session with the President of WAJA provided an opportunity for him to point out the difficulties he had been encountering, which were preventing him from conducting the activities of the Association very smoothly.


He expressed his desire to see those impediments removed, to enable WAJA get off the ground.  


The Bureau responded to the difficulties and concerns raised by the President of WAJA and assured him of their readiness to assist WAJA stand up on its feet and forge ahead as quickly as possible.


Before their departure, the Bureau visited the Chief Justice for a second time, and he in turn offered a present to each of the members of the delegation.