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N°: 244/2013
22 August 2013 [Abuja - Nigeria]


	The Heads of ECOWAS National Units have adopted a draft Operational Manual 
detailing the guidelines and modus operandi for the Units which play a key role 
in relations between the ECOWAS Commission and Member States.

The document, which seeks to enable the National Units to better deliver on 
their mandate and responsibilities, was adopted after a three-day meeting in 
Abuja attended by the heads of national units and other participants including 
senior officials of the Commission’s Directorates. 

The manual also details the role and financial structure of the National Units.  
Discussions at the meeting centred mainly on the harmonisation of the procedures 
and operations of the Units and creation of inter-institutional coordination 
mechanisms for effective monitoring of the implementation of ECOWAS programmes 
in Member States.  

Participants reviewed the draft Manual chapter by chapter and made changes to 
its format and content, before recommending the submission of the revised 
document to the next ordinary session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers. 

The meeting recommended that appropriate actions be taken by the Commission and 
Member States to facilitate the implementation of provisions of the Manual after 

Under the seven-chapter, 30-Article, manual, National Unit are charged to 
respect the principles of accountability, efficiency, transparency and autonomy, 
as well as contribute to enhancing ECOWAS visibility in Member States.

Member States are also required to fully participate and contribute to regional 
integration processes. 
The 65th ordinary session of ECOWAS Council of Ministers had directed the 
Commission to put in place the mechanism for the production of a comprehensive 
operational manual for the national units to support existing guidelines.

Consequently, the recent 7th joint retreat of ECOWAS institutions, permanent 
representatives and National Units, recommended that the document be forwarded 
to the Heads of National Units for review and comment before submission for 
adoption by ECOWAS authorities.

Apart from the Heads of National Units, the Abuja meeting was also attended by 
officials of ECOWAS Commission’s Directorates of External Relations, Finance, 
Legal Affairs, Conference and Protocol, Communication, Human Resources, the 
Community Computer Centre, as well as the Monitoring-Evaluation Unit, with the 
Commissioner for Administration and Finance, Mrs. Khadi Ramatu Saccoh, presiding 
over the opening and closing ceremonies.

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