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N°: 133/2010
27 August 2010 [Abuja - Nigeria]

EUROPEAN UNION GRANTS 17 ECOWAS NON-STATE ACTORS 1.2 MILLION EUROS

Seventeen Non State Actors from ECOWAS Member States on Wednesday, 1st September, 2010 signed contracts with the ECOWAS Commission for about 1,2000,000 million Euros in grants provided by the European Union Development Fund (9th EDF)for the implementation of various activities mostly for citizen sensitization and capacity building. The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Jean de Dieu Somda, said the fund will “allow recipients to implement a variety of actions ranging from enhancing citizens understanding of regional integration and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), to creating awareness amongst women traders and border agents on the ECOWAS Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons and Goods, and Right of Establishment, and capacity building for Non-State Actors towards achieving a common custom union and a common market in West Africa”. Mr. Somda expressed confidence that the Non-State Actors would constitute reliable partners in the regional integration process and described their response to the call for proposals as a reflection of their determination to contribute to the realisation of the renewed vision for the ECOWAS of people. He commended the European Union for their financial and technical support and seized the opportunity to renew the Commission’s commitment to collaborate with the European Union to promote regional integration in West Africa. The Deputy Head of the European Union delegation to Nigeria, Mr. Kazimierz Romanski in his speech commended the ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissions for their devotion to the successful completion of the evaluation and selection process which resulted in the emergence of the beneficiaries. Mr. Romanski then urged the recipients to be faithful to their proposed activities and ensure sound financial management during their implementation. The Commissioner for Human Development and Gender, Dr. Adrienne Diop who also spoke on the occasion challenged participants to live up to the expectations of their constituencies by ensuring that they implement the projects in line with the approved work plan and for the benefit of the community.


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