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N°: 241/2013
16 August 2013 [Abuja - Nigeria]

ECOWAS SOLICITS DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS SUPPORT FOR ITS INSTITUTIONAL REFORM

							
	ECOWAS Commission needs the support of all stakeholders including development 
partners for ongoing institutional reforms to enable the organization deliver 
effectively on its core mandate of regional development and integration, Vice 
President of the Commission, Dr. Toga McIntosh has said.

“We want you to partner with us in finalizing and validating the ongoing reform 
so that our organization will function with greater efficiency and for the 
benefit of our community citizens,” the Vice President said while receiving a 
seven-member delegation of the African Development Bank (AfDB), on behalf of the 
Commission’s president on Friday 16th August 2013 in Abuja.

AfDB is a key ECOWAS partner, funding a number of multi-million dollar projects 
including those providing humanitarian support, infrastructural and socio-
economic development and peace support initiatives.

The team led by Madam Omobola Hollist, Division Manager of the Disbursement Unit 
of the Bank’s Financial and Control Management Department, and ECOWAS officials 
discussed a range of issues relating to the implementation status and challenges 
facing ECOWAS/AfDB partnership projects.

Dr. McIntosh thanked the bank and other development partners for their immense 
support to ECOWAS, explaining that through the completion of ongoing 
institutional reform, the new management team hopes to put in place a sound 
structure to enable the Commission deliver on its mandate.
He said it was in this spirit of mutually beneficial cooperation that the 
President of the Commission, His Excellency Kadré Desire Ouédraogo visited the 
AfDB headquarters recently as part of efforts to strengthen relations between 
the two institutions.

In her remarks, Madam Hollist welcomed the reform and self-assessment going on 
at the Commission, noting that most institutions undergo similar processes to 
enable them perform better, and expressed the bank’s willingness to assist the 
Commission in this regard.

During discussion, weak human and technical capacity were identified as some of 
the key factors responsible for the Commission’s low absorption capacity 
resulting in delayed implementation of some of the partnership projects.
As part of the solution, both sides agreed that the Commission undertake an 
internal gap-assessment consultation especially on the lagging projects to feed 
into a joint technical meeting between officials of both institutions in order 
to chart the way forward on the projects and the overall cooperation between 
both institutions.

On the ECOWAS team at the meeting, which was attended by AfDB officials from its 
headquarters in Tunis and the Nigeria Country office, were Mr. Nikiema 
Dieudonne, Manager of the ECOWAS Peace Fund, Dr. Jonas Hemou, Director of 
External Relations as well as officials from the Finance and Communication 
Directorates.
 
 
 
 


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