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N°: 290/2013
12 October 2013 [Abuja - Nigeria]

COMMITTEE SUGGESTS RECIPE FOR EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF ECOWAS STRATEGIC PLANS

							
	The Strategic Planning Coordination Committee (SPCC) of ECOWAS Institutions 
ended its 7th session in Lagos on Friday 11th October 2013, with far reaching 
recommendations including the holding of annual Coordination meetings by heads 
of the institutions to ensure effective implementation of Community Strategic 
Plans and for better monitoring and evaluation.
 
To underscore the importance of strategic planning to effective delivery of the 
mandates of the institutions, the meeting which considered the Road map for the 
development of the ECOWAS 2016-2020 strategic documents, recommended that the 
President of the ECOWAS Commission should be “the champion of the planning 
process.”
 
“Management should report to the ECOWAS Council of Ministers and the Summit of 
Heads of State and Government on the implementation of the strategic plans,” the 
Committee recommended, adding that ECOWAS Strategic Framework should be 
translated into policy of management.
 
It noted that strategic planning process would be more effective through the 
development of a community framework that would lead to the action plans of 
institutions and agencies.
 
“All stakeholders,” the Committee said “need to be involved in the planning 
process to ensure ownership and commitment,” with stakeholder consultation 
included in the road map.
 
The meeting also recommended an impact assessment of current goals and the 
incorporation of Risk Management into the community strategic framework as a 
chapter in the strategic plans of the community institutions as well as the need 
to develop a Result-Based Management (RBM) culture in the planning.
 
A sub-Committee of the SPCC was set up to draft the Terms of Reference for the 
engagement of a Consultant to draft a Position Paper on the Institutional 
Architecture for the 2016-2020 Community Strategic Plan (CSP) Study, and the 
drafting of the Community Strategic Framework (CSF), with the main Committee’s 
next meeting fixed for the first week of March 2014, to be hosted by the West 
African Monetary Agency (WAMA) in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
 
In an address to the closing ceremony of the 7th session hosted by the ECOWAS 
Parliament, the Speaker of Parliament and Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, 
Senator Ike Ekweremadu described planning as “a key ingredient in modern day 
resource management,” adding that “what makes an institution thick is pragmatic 
strategy.”
 
The Speaker, represented by a member of the Community Parliament, Senator Gbenga 
Obadara commended the President of the EOWAS Commission for his “foresightedness 
and thoughtfulness” in setting up the Committee, saying that the impact of its 
work “should be seen in the development efforts in all fields of the Community.”
 
He said the need for proper monitoring and evaluation of community programmes 
and activities, “informed the current efforts to enhance the powers of the 
ECOWAS Parliament,” which currently plays an advisory role.
 
“Integration is meaningless unless it translates to better life for our peoples 
in practical and measurable terms,” the Speaker said, and charged the Committee 
members to justify the confidence reposed in them as “the think-tank of the 
Community.”
 
While formally opening the four-day Committee meeting on Wednesday 9th October 
2013, Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh 
affirmed that the management of the Commission placed the highest premium  on 
strategic planning and programming as a key ingredient for Community 
Institutions to effectively deliver on their mandates to the citizens.

Describing strategic planning as the “nerve centre” of any organization that 
desires to succeed, he explained that providing this activity with the right 
visibility and adequate funding would enable ECOWAS institutions perform at 
their optimal level with maximum benefits to the community citizens.

Dr. McIntosh therefore charged the Committee to come up with concrete outcomes 
including a Roadmap and step by step methodology for a draft workable Community 
Strategic Plan as well as an outline of challenges and how to address them, 
avoiding the deficiencies of previous strategic plans of 2007-2010 and the 2011-
2015 periods.

Community Institutions represented at the Lagos meeting were the ECOWAS 
Commission, the ECOWAS Court of Justice, ECOWAS Parliament, Inter-governmental 
Action Against Money Laundering (GIABA), West African Monetary Agency (WAMA), 
West African Monetary Institute (WAMI), ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory 
Authority (ERERA), West African Health Organization (WAHO) and the West African 
Gas Pipeline Company (WAGPCO)


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