Senior officials from the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) have announced that the regional group will introduce biometric identification cards for its citizens from January next year to enhance free movement of people.The Head of ECOWAS National Office, Sena Siaw Boateng, announced the news at a seminar in Tamale when public servants, civil society organisations and border operators are being shown ECOWAS protocols.The Northern Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service, Adi Eric Afrani reiterated the importance of the ID card saying it will improve security and enhance the free movement of people, goods and services.Last December, the ECOWAS Commission said the biometric ID card is “another milestone in the march to regional integration through unfettered movement of Community citizens”.The new biometric identity cards will be circulated alongside member country's existing ID cards until a full implementation.Established by the Treaty of Lagos signed in May 1975, ECOWAS has 15 members including Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana.The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states are also considering an ID card that can be used by delegates for official travel.