Parliament has appointed members to the Economic of West African States (ECOWAS) and Pan African Parliamentary Committees.
They consist of eight and five members respectively and would be chaired by Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, Majority Chief Whip and Joseph Osei-Owusu, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
Other members on the ECOWAS committee are O. B. Amoah, Ama Pomaah Boateng, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, Kwabena Appiah-Pinkrah, Clement Kofi Humado, Mahama Ayariga and Samson Ahi.
The Pan African Committee on the other hand has the Deputy Majority Leader, Sarah Adwoa Safo, Yaw Afful, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka and Joseph Yieleh Chireh as members.
Memberships of the committees were based on the approved formula, per the numerical strength of the parties, as agreed by the House two weeks ago.
The primary responsibility of the Community Parliaments is advisory and may consider any matter concerning the region, in particular, issues relating to fundamental human rights and freedom and may make recommendations to the institutions and organs of the community.
As Parliaments, their opinions are consulted on matters concerning the community in the areas of community citizenship, governance, transparency and accountability, facilitation of cooperation, among others.
Presenting the report of the Selection Committee on the two Community Committees on the floor of Parliament yesterday, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said members of the committees have what it takes to effectively represent the country in the community of West African nations in particular and the continent at large.
In a related development, the Appointments Committee of the House will resume today to vet some ministers-designate.
To appear before the committee today are Minister-designate for Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei, Dan Botwe, Regional Organisation and Development designate, Atta Akyea, Works and Housing Minister-designate and Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Minister-designate for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.
By Julius Yao Petetsi