A move facilitate stronger economic co-operation in West Africa was boosted on Monday (19 September) with a signing ceremony in Nigeria.
A move facilitate stronger economic co-operation in West Africa was boosted on Monday (19 September) with a signing ceremony in Nigeria. The ceremony marked the implementation of a number of projects agreed between the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the Economic Community of West African States.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony was held at the Community's headquarters in Lagos, the Nigerian capital. It was attended by representatives of the community's 16 member states as well as the U.N. Commission's Deputy Executive Secretary Mr. David Gnao, and the Community's Executive Secretary Dr. Aboubakar Ouattara.
Before the signing of the so-called 'project document' Mr. Ganao outlined the various benefits of the projects being undertaken. The ceremony follows the signing in Ethiopia earlier this month (9 September) of a memorandum of co-operation and assistance between the two organisations.
The U.N. Commission will carry out studies in three important areas. The areas, classified as urgent, include transport and communications co-ordination, and customs tariff structure and trade flows within the Community, as well as a general survey of economic conditions in West Africa. With the signing of Monday's document, these and other projects will now get under way.