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President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Brou, has said the community has resumed convergence to launch of the ECOWAS single currency “ECO” in 2027. Brou said this while delivering reports of the ECOWAS Commission before the ECOWAS Parliament during the ongoing 2022 First Ordinary Session of the Parliament in Abuja. Brou said that the process of launching the single currency was stalled following the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic from 2020, as countries needed to focus on handling the pandemic. He said that the convergence criteria had to be thorough so that the currency once implemented will serve the citizens effectively. “We had to suspend that in 2022, 2021. We are looking at 2022 to 2026 to be able to create conditions that will enable us to stabilise the economies. And so, 2027 we go back to the currency. The process of the performance criteria is always prioritised if we want to be in a very favourable condition to introduce the single currency. Because you can introduce the currency but what is required is that it should be of quality.
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