Senegal: ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework holds meeting in Nigeria

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A meeting on the Conflict Prevention Framework of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) holds in Abuja, Nigeria, on Tuesday, according to an ECOWAS statement, obtained here by PANA.

According to the statement, the Internal Steering Committee (ISC) Meeting of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) will brief Focal Point Directorates on the outcome of meetings with development partners and lessons from a Results-Based Management Training attended by selected ECOWAS staff, among others.

The briefing is coming on the heels of an earlier meeting convened on 11 April, 2016, to assess the progress made by departments on the operationalization of the 3-Year Priority Plans.

''Since the last ISC meeting, the ECPF Secretariat has taken steps towards the effective mobilization of financial resources for the ECPF Focal Point Directorates and the development of monitoring strategy for the ECPF reporting process,'' the statement noted.

On the agenda of Tuesday's meeting, it said there would be updates on follow-up actions taken from last convergence of ECPF Secretariat with stakeholders, feedback from partners as well as an introduction to and internal launch of the ECPF web portal.

ECOWAS said the ECPF Web Portal which was in pre-launch stage was developed in keeping with the desire to make the conflict prevention and peace building activities more tangible to citizens of West Africa.

The birth of the web portal is part of ongoing efforts to re-position and enhance the visibility of the strides of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) domiciled in the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS).

The statement said the portal which would be published and updated in English and then translated into the two other official languages of the community - French and Portuguese - has a modern look and feel including elements that makes it captivating, navigable and accessible to help in creating the desired visibility and awareness of ECPF programmes and activities.

''In a digital and globalizing world, the web portal that promotes peace and alerts to the dangers and drawbacks of conflicts is an important tool for communication and interaction even between community institutions, community citizens and ECOWAS development partners,'' it noted.

''Apart from being an information reservoir on the all-important matters of peace, security and conflict resolution, the portal will easily serve the best interest of stakeholders of peace and stability in West Africa while potential donors can with a click, get all the information needed to lend their needed support.''
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14 يونيو 2016 13:26:56




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