Donors promise ECOWAS $5 million in three years

  Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Donors have pledged five million US dollars in short-term assistance to ECOWAS to finance some of its programmes in the next three years, the ECOWAS Secretariat said in a statement in Abuja Thursday.
   The statement said the pledges were made at a one-day meeting of the donors in the Nigerian capital Tuesday.
   Representatives of the European Union, World Bank, USAID, ECOWAS Fund, African Development Bank, Canadian International Development Agency and the UK's DFID attended the meeting.
   Also in attendance were officials from Japan, Netherlands, France, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland, among others.
   The targeted programmes are those relating to the mandate of the sub-regional organisation under the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).
   Specifically, the money would be used to consolidate the internal structure of the 15-member body, simplify its decision-making process, strengthen the office of the Executive Secretary and develop efficient information system and framework to ensure effective communication.
   At their meeting in Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire, in May, Heads of State and Government from the sub-region designated ECOWAS as the implementing and monitoring agency for NEPAD in West Africa.

07 november 2002 12:55:00

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