ECOWAS Vice President Commends SPCC Members



THE Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee, SPCC, of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has finalised the draft of the Community Strategic Framework, CSF, 2016 to 2020. Toga McIntosh, ECOWAS Vice President, commended members of the SPCC for the high degree of commitment they displayed during the meeting in Lagos, Nigeria.

In his closing remark, McIntosh expressed satisfaction for the quality of job done and effort invested by members to examine the draft Community Strategic Framework, CSF, 2016 to 2020 as well as the Strategic Action Programme of ECOWAS Institutions and Agencies saying that this was a sign of their involvement and commitment to the process of delivering a comprehensive and implementable CSF.

The committee reviewed the five goal areas of the detailed CSF and the associated strategic objectives, themes, priority areas, expected outcomes and basic assumptions and then made relevant recommendations. The CSF goal areas include deepening the process of socio-economic development in member states, forging and consolidating production, trade and monetary integration within the community, deepening the process of political cohesion and participation, consolidating, mobilizing and sustaining societal and industrial support as well as expanding and improving infrastructural facilities within the region.

During the meeting, the committee formulated a template that will help participants to ensure that every programme is linked to the community goal.  According to Essien Abel Essien, ECOWAS director of strategic planning, the template will bring discipline and ensure that the CSF is strictly implemented.

Sidiki Traore, ECOWAS chief internal auditor, during the meeting debriefed the committee on the procurement of the Risk Management Software, RMS, emphasising the need for institutionalization of the software. 15 ECOWAS Institutions, Agencies and the offices of the financial controller and the chief iInternal auditor attended the GIZ sponsored meeting.

The 11th meeting of the committee will be hosted in Bobo Dioulasso by the West African Health Organization, WAHO, while the Dakar based GIABA will similarly host an extraordinary meeting in September to populate the SAP.

— Jul 27, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT


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