Nigeria: Project to improve the management system of ECOWAS Court launched in Abuja

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice on Monday launched Ecolink, a new information technology-based administrative tool for the court, describing it as a platform that will strengthen inter-institutional relations and cohesion while ensuring greater transparency in the pursuit of the objectives of the Community.

Justice Maria de Ceu Silva Monteiro said here at the launching at the headquarters of the Court that the full implementation of the system would enable officials in the Commission, Community institutions and agencies, have access to the same level of information thereby helping to promote better management of the resources of the Community and contributing to the realization of the 2020 vision of the region for a citizen-driven community.

The Ecolink project is intended to help streamline business processes, improve control over documents, reduce manual processes and the use of paper, ensure faster information access, improve tracking of documents and provide a standardized platform for managing data across the ECOWAS Commission, institutions of the Community and agencies.

The President said that the project aligned with the provisions of the Community’s 1993 Revised Treaty which encourages cooperation through science and technology for the socio-economic transformation required to increase the quality of life the citizens.  

She said that by adopting this IT-based platform, the Community was following a global trend which favours the deployment of IT to improve efficiency.

In an earlier speech, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Khadi Saccoh, praised the President of the Commission whose critical support was behind the success achieved so far in the implementation of the project following the inaugural launching at the Commission on 23 February 2015 and the launch in the Court two weeks later.

With the launching, she said the Court has entered a “new era of transformation of its management system that will impact on its judicial and non-judicial functions for the benefit of ECOWAS citizens.”

The Commissioner who is driving the project said that “by improving the quality of support functions, namely financial, accounting and procurement processes, Ecolink will provide our Community’s judiciary with the required support for enhanced performance.”

The project was launched in 2014 by the new management of the Commission with the objective to transform the management systems in all institutions and agencies of the Community.

In closing remarks at the launching, the Dean of the Court, Justice Jérôme Traoré, praised the management team for the project, the consultants and staff of the court involved with the project for their selfless service to the community through the project.

The highlight of the event was the demonstration of a procurement process

The project is being implemented in two phases with both phases to be completed by the end of 2015.
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10 march 2015 15:55:09




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