Year 2013 Selected
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N°: 243/2013
19 August 2013 [Abuja - Nigeria]


	A three-day annual meeting of the ECOWAS National Units is underway in Abuja to 
finalize and validate a draft Operational Manual to be submitted later this year 
to the Council of Ministers for adoption.

The meeting, which opened on Monday 19th August 2013, under the chairmanship of 
the ECOWAS Commissioner for Administration and Finance, Mrs. Khadi Ramatu 
Saccoh, will also provide participants with the opportunity to share experiences 
on regional integration programmes in Member States.

They are also expected to discuss how to enhance ECOWAS visibility and 
strengthen the countries’ participation in the implementation of integration 
programmes to ensure effective ownership.

The 65th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers in its report urged the 
ECOWAS Commission to develop a detailed operational manual with supplementary 
guiding principles.

To this end, ECOWAS Institutions, special representatives and National Units at 
their recent 7th Joint Retreat, agreed that the draft Operational Manual should 
be sent to the Heads of the National Units for consideration and comments prior 
to its adoption by the statutory authorities.

Consequently, the document was submitted to Member States and their observations 
were incorporated in the draft Manual for validation by the Abuja meeting.

The operational manual, among others, details the functions, structure, 
institutional mechanisms as well as the financial management procedures of 
National Units, which are charged with the coordination of regional integration 
issues in each member state. 

Apart from Heads of National Units, officials of the ECOWAS Commission’s 
Directorates of External Affairs, Finance, Legal Affairs, Conference and 
Protocol, Communication, Human Resources, Community Computer Centre as well as 
Monitoring and Evaluation Unit are also attending the meeting.

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