ECOWAS COMMISSION GETS NEW PRESIDENT ECOWAS leaders have appointed Ambassador Kadre Desire Ouedraogo of Burkina
Faso, as the new President of the ECOWAS Commission for a non-renewable four-
year term, to replace His Excellency James Victor Gbeho of Ghana who leaves
the post after two years.
This was one of the key decisions of the two-day 40th Ordinary Session of the
Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government which ended in Abuja on
Friday 17 February 2012.
With his appointment, the ECOWAS institution, which transformed from an
Executive Secretariat to a Commission in 2007, now has the full complement of
a new management team.
This includes a new Vice-president and six Commissioners, who took over from
the pioneer Commissioners earlier this month. The four-year tenure of the
seventh pioneer Commissioner for Human Development and Gender expires in June
The Authority directed the Chairman of the Council of ministers to convene as
soon as possible a meeting of the Council to consider the allocation of
outstanding statutory positions within the ECOWAS
institutions and agencies. Among the positions are those of four Judges in the
Community Court of Justice as well as the West African Health Organisation and
the Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa
Ambassador Ouedraogo brings to his new position a wealth of experience and an
impressive public service and diplomatic track record, including as Prime
Minister and Minister for Economy and Finance in his country.
Until his new appointment was Ambassador and Plenipotentiary of Burkina Faso
to the Kingdom of Belgium, The Kingdom of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom
and Northern Ireland as well as the country’s Permanent Representative to the
European Union, the
Organization for the prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and the World Customs
He was his country’s Prime Minister between 1996 and 2000, Minister of
Economic and Finance 1996-1997 and between 1993 and 1996, Deputy Governor of
the Central Bank of West Africa States (BCEAO) in Dakar, Senegal.
Ambassador Ouedraogo is not a stranger to ECOWAS, having served the
organization as Deputy Executive Secretary in Lagos between 1985 and 1993
before the organization relocated to Abuja.
A recipient of the award of Grand Officer in the National Order of Burkina
Faso in 1996, he was elected Member of Parliament in 1997.
Ouedraogo is fluent in French and English, and reads Spanish.