The President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, Hon. Justice Jérôme Traore reaffirmed the Court's desire to strengthen dialogue with the Arusha-based African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.

Speaking during the 3rd Continental Judicial Dialogue held in Arusha, Tanzania from 9 to 11 November 2017, the President said such dialogue would enable both Courts to leverage each other’s strengths in improving respect for human rights in Africa thereby contributing to the promotion of democracy, good governance and stability.

On the margin of the dialogue, the President met with Mr Ibrahima Kane, a representative of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) during which they discussed the forthcoming civil society forum being organized by OSIWA to improve the visibility of the Court.

OSIWA is a Non-Governmental Organisation, active in 10 of the 15 Member States of ECOWAS which plays a dual role of advocate and grant-maker working through a mix of grant making, advocacy, partnership and technical assistance

Mr Kane used the opportunity to invite a delegation of the Court to participate in the forum to be hosted in the region by OSIWA in order to continue the engagement by both organisations and  help the Court strengthen relations with the civil society.

The dialogue, which was on the theme "Improving Judicial Efficiency in Africa" was attended by the Presidents of the Supreme Courts of about forty African countries, the President of the SADC Court of Justice and the representatives of Civil Society organizations working for the protection and defense of human rights.

The President also met with representatives of other technical and financial partners to discuss potential areas of cooperation with the Court in furtherance of the implementation of its mandate.