COVID-19- Regional Rapid Debt Sustainability Impacts and Economic Rescue Packages Analyses in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Region

This paper discusses the impact of rescue packages on public finances, particularly debt sustainability and prospects for an early recovery from the pandemic, against the backdrop of economic and financial stimulus packages implemented by governments in the ECOWAS region. It further discusses the fiscal effectiveness of emergency relief provided so far and the inevitable questions of good debt-governance and accountability. The paper concludes with recommendations to strengthen CSO messages in their strive to improve economic governance in the ECOWAS region.