Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, is organising a high-level conference on financing development programmes in the region.
The event scheduled for September in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, according to information made available to Nigerian Pilot in Abuja, ‘‘is a prelude to the round table of donors to finance the ECOWAS Community Development Programme, ECOWAS-CDP, after a successful conclusion of a participatory and inclusive processes of formulating the CDP.’’
In this vein, the ECOWAS Commission had concluded consultation with its partners, including the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, UEMOA, other regional platforms of private sector and civil society, as well as ECOWAS Bank for International Development, EBID, United Nation Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA, Banque Ouest Africaine de Development, BOAD, West Africa Power Project, WAPP, and the Project Planning and Development Unit, PPDU, where they discussed the necessary coordination actions to be taken for proper preparation of the high level conference and the round table of donors.
According to the Commissioner for Macroeconomic Policy and Economic Research of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, who chaired the meeting, the idea of organising a high-level conference before the roundtable of donors was to meet the requirements of the Community to develop and operate a new strategy for mobilizing internal resources in the region in order to self-finance a significant portion of its programmes.
‘‘Without this mobilisation of resources for funding its programme implementation, ECOWAS/CDP would be reduced to a mere wish of the Community. The CDP will end up without improving the well-being and development of the region,’’ Dr. Bâ noted.
Meanwhile, Regional ECOWAS/CDP Document had already been developed and organised in three volumes covering priority areas such as the integration of peoples, governance and human development, deepening economic integration and the development of infrastructure, wealth creation, cooperation and funding in West Africa.
It would be recalled that during its 45th session held in July 2014 in Accra, Ghana, the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS adopted this document and instructed the ECOWAS Commission to take the necessary actions to mobilize resources for the financing of the ECOWAS/CDP and to eliminate duplication and lack of synergies between projects and programmes in West Africa.

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