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
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.