EU, ECOWAS-UEMOA meet on regional co-operation in Dakar

  Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A tripartite consultative meeting involving ECOWAS, the European Union (EU) and the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA), opens in Dakar, Senegal Wednesday on the programming of regional co-operation in West Africa.
   A statement from the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja Tuesday said the meeting would fine-tune an acceptable strategy for co-operation in the sub-region.
   It said four workshops would be held during the four-day meeting, focusing on sub-regional integration process and trade, transport, conflict prevention and good governance, as well as social issues.
   Also to be covered are health, education and culture.
   Coming under the ninth European Development Fund (EDF), the meeting will specifically address the harmonisation of policies between ECOWAS and eight UEMOA States, which are also members of ECOWAS.
   The ninth EDF provides for 13.
5 billion Euro to be spent by the EU between 2002 and 2007 for projects in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries under the 2000 Convention signed between the two groups in Cotonou, Benin.
   Participants at the Dakar meeting will be working under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement, which is targeting poverty reduction and the integration of the economies of West African States into the world economy.
   Representatives of other regional organisations and the civil society are expected to attend the meeting.

04 june 2002 15:28:00

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