Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has on Saturday, July 8, departed Freetown for Guinea-Bissau to attend the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States, in Bissau, the country’s capital.

Sierraloaded learned that, at the summit on Sunday, July 9, participants are expected to address memoranda on five pressing sub-regional issues.

These issues include a report of the 50th Ordinary Session of the Mediation and Security Council covering security challenges faced by the member countries, report of the 90th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Council of Ministers on the financial situation of the body and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area, as well as Report on the status of Transition in the Republics of Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea.

Other topics on the agenda for discussion include the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme and the report on obstacles to the free movement of goods on the Abidjan-Lagos corridor.

Guinea-Bissau is the first African State the President is visiting since his re-election on June 24, 2023.

The Sierra Leonean leader is expected back in the country at the end of the meeting.