The President of ECOWAS Court of Justice, Honorable Justice Jérome Traoré has applauded Member States of the Community for their commitment to the integration of ECOWAS which contributed to its transformation into Africa’s leading Regional Economic Community (REC).

Receiving Cape Verde’s Minister of Regional Integration, Mr. Julio Herbert Lopes on Thursday, 12th April 2018, the President also paid tribute to the elaborate structure established by the Community to support various aspects of its integration architecture.

Honorable Justice Traore noted the remarkable progress recorded by the Community through which it has become an exemplar in regional integration particularly in the areas of the unhindered intra-community movement of citizens as well as in peace and security where it has distinguished itself and its model replicated elsewhere.

Responding, Mr. Lopes said the visit was designed to acquaint the delegation, which also included the ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Resources, Mr. Jeremias Dias Furtado and his Director of Cabinet, Barbara Leire, with the Court and its role in the region’s integration.

He paid tribute to our leaders whose vision led to the creation of ECOWAS and stressed the importance of respect for the rule of law and regional instruments in the success of the ECOWAS project.

The Minister also expressed the appreciation of his country for the achievement recorded by the court since its inception and said that more need to be done to bring the knowledge of the court to community citizens so that they can avail themselves of its service.

The Minister said he was in the country to discuss with officials of the Nigerian Government on ways to strengthen the existing cooperation between the two countries and the possibility of establishing Cape Verde’s embassy in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The President later presented the minister a package of documents on the basic texts of the court.

Also in attendance was the Dean of the Court, Honorable Justice Hamèye Foune Mahalmadane.