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N°: 325/2012
28 November 2012 [Abidjan - Cote d'Ivoire]

THE 69TH ORDINARY SESSION OF THE ECOWAS COUNCIL OF MINISTERS HOLDS FROM 30 NOVEMBER TO 2 DECEMBER IN ABIDJAN

							
	The 69th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers will hold from 
Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December 2012 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to 
consider important issues relating to the smooth running of the organization 
and make recommendations to the Heads of State and Government.

The Ministers will consider the Final Report of the 12th meeting of the ECOWAS 
Administration and Finance Committee (AFC), that reviewed the 2013 draft 
budget of the organization, prepared with a pragmatic and realistic 
orientation based on a ratio of 37:63% of Administrative to Programme 
expenditure, in compliance with the directive of the Authority of Heads of 
State and Government.

Presenting the draft budget on behalf of the President of the Commission, H.E. 
Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, during this meeting held from 14 to 18 November 2012 
in Abuja, Nigeria, the Commissioner for Administration and Finance, Mrs. Khadi 
Ramatu Saccoh, underscored the significant increase in the 2013 draft budget 
over the 2012 budget. 

She said the increase was necessary to accommodate the envisaged recruitment 
at the Commission as approved by Council, as well as resources required for 
peace-keeping missions in Guinea Bissau and Mali, two Member States where the 
organization is fully involved to ensure that the political situation returns 
to normal. 

Mrs. Saccoh concluded the address by stating that the 2013 draft budget was 
prepared «in a spirit of reform, peace, security and good governance».
Council will also consider the 2012 Interim Reports of the President of the 
Commission and the Financial Controller, as well as the Tasks Assigned by the 
68th Ordinary Session, held in Abidjan in June 2012.
Other important issues, such as the two-year extension of the 2008-2012 
Regional Action Plan on the Prevention of Drug Abuse, Illicit Drug Trafficking 
and Organized Crime in West Africa, are equally on the agenda of the meeting.
The Council of Ministers, which is composed of Ministers of Finance and 
Ministers of Integration of ECOWAS Member States, is chaired by the Minister 
for Foreign Affairs of Cote d’Ivoire, whose country is the current chair of 
the organization. It is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning and 
development of the Community, and make recommendations to the Heads of State 
and Government.



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