ECOWAS meets on early warning mechanisms

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A four-day consultative meeting opening in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire,  Monday, will discuss a draft policy framework for helping ECOWAS member states develop early warning mechanisms, the ECOWAS Commission said.

It said the development of the early warning mechanism is part of a new approach by the Commission to promote cooperation, coherence and complementarity with the states in confronting the security challenges facing the region.

The Commission’s Early Warning Directorate (EWD) was set up under the organisation’s revised Treaty of 1993 as an alert mechanism with the mandate to observe, monitor and report mostly political trends in member states, in order to assist the Community to take preventive action as part of the region’s security architecture in the wake of the various crises experienced by the region in the 90’s.

It operates through an early warning centre at the Commission headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, and four zonal bureaus in Banjul, Cotonou, Ouagadougou and Monrovia, supported by a network of 45 field reporters, three in each member state.

Delegates to the meeting, being attended by representatives of member states, independent experts, representatives of civil society organisations, the African Union, the United Nations and Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (REC’s), will also agree an appropriate framework for National Early Mechanisms in member states and how these could be linked with the regional early warning mechanism.

They will also propose a plan of action for the establishment and strengthening of the national early infrastructure based on the principle of escalation as well as identify the resource needs for implementing the action plan.
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20 october 2013 19:47:16

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