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ECA ends UN; Intergovernmental Assembly in Senegal

Jacob N.B. Parley/Jos Garneo CEphas Sr.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), through its West African Sub-regional Office, in collaboration with the United Nations System agencies and programmes, as well as Regional Economic Communities has concluded its annual meeting of the Sub-regional Coordination Mechanism (SRCM) in Dakar, Senegal.

The goal of the recently organized meeting which took place   in a context marked by increased efforts from the UN System for the Sahel, was aimed at promoting greater synergy and greater effectiveness in interventions, particularly in the Sahel, through the implementation, where possible, of shared and joint programmes or projects, to support existing intergovernmental organizations in West Africa.

The Acting Director of the ECA Sub-regional Office for West Africa, Mr Bakary Dosso, described coordination as one of the major challenges identified in the implementation of the United Nations Support Plan for the Sahel.

“We are convinced that the Sub-regional Coordination Mechanism for West Africa still has a major role to play as an instrument to facilitate cooperation within the United Nations System, as well as between the United Nations System and regional and national development stakeholders.” Mr. Dosso added.

The gathering held under the theme “Mobilising Efforts to Make the Sahel a Driving Force for Development in West Africa, sought to   get participants   informed about current and future United Nations interventions under the Support Plan in the Sahel and also allow them   present the activities they are carrying out in the Sahel.

According to a release from the Communications Division of the ECA Sub- regional Office for West Africa, the meeting focused on providing all regional actors with a platform for exchange, expected to facilitate synergy in their future interventions.

The Sub-regional Coordination Mechanism (SRCM) will also give the United Nations the opportunity to share with several stakeholders, results from works recently carried out under the framework of support to the Sahel.

The meeting took place in plenary sessions over two days and was graced   by United Nations agencies and programmes, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African Economic and Monetary Community (UEMOA).

Other participants came from the Mano River Union, the Liptako Gourma Authority (ALG) and other intergovernmental organizations involved in support activities for the Sahel region.

The sub-regional offices of the Africa Union, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank were also invited to the Sub-regional Coordination Mechanism (SRCM).


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