A delegation of the ECOWAS Court of Justice led by its President, Hon. Judge Jérôme Traore, was in Ouagadougou where they held a one-day working session with their counterparts from the sister Court of the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) to discuss areas of collaboration between the two Courts.

The delegation was then received by the President of the UEMOA Commission, His Excellency Abdallah BOUREIMA.

The meeting was held on 3rd November 2017 on the margin of the ECOWAS Court participation in the legal year ceremony of the UEMOA Court on November 2, 2017 and  enabled the delegations to discuss the dematerialization of the procedural documents of the UEMOA Court and the vexed issue of the execution of the decisions of both Courts.

In opening the session, the President of the UEMOA Court, Hon. Justice Josephine Suzanne EBAH-TOURE welcomed the interest of her colleagues of the ECOWAS Court in the dialogue between the two jurisdictions and called for its continuance and institutionalization.

In his remarks, Honorable Justice Traore revealed the existence of a joint committee working to strengthen collaboration between the two Communities and stressed the need for  both  Courts to remain engaged in promoting their common interest and those of the citizens in line with their mandates.

Various presentations were made during the session followed by recommendations after which they agreed to further reflect on proposals for sensitizing Member States on the necessity of enforcing the decisions of the Court.

The legal year ceremony was also attended by the President of Burkina Faso, His Excellency Roch Marc Christian Kabore,  government officials and representatives of the UEMOA Bar Conference.