The ECOWAS Fee has requested Group stakeholders to play an energetic function in improvement and the implementation of the ECOWAS Imaginative and prescient 2050 doc and its frameworks for the West African Area. This name got here in a two-day session workshop, organized by ECOWAS 29-30 March 2021, in Abuja. An identical session workshop was held with girls and youth organisations throughout West Africa, final week.
This workshop aimed to seek the advice of particularly with the decentralized stakeholders from Member states as a result of in most West African States, governance is decentralized to the subnational degree for elevated participation of the residents in choice making and promote wider unfold of socio-economic improvement on the sub-national degree. For improvement and governance to be totally conscious of the wants of the individuals and all inclusive, individuals and establishments should be empowered at each degree of society – nationwide and sub-national (province, district, metropolis, city and village).
Recalling with the adoption of the ECOWAS Imaginative and prescient 2020 in 2007 by the Authority of Heads of State and Authorities as a strategic framework for the transformation of ECOWAS right into a borderless, peaceable and affluent area from an “ECOWAS of the States to ECOWAS of the Individuals”,the ECOWAS Fee was mandated to ascertain a complete and all-inclusive roadmap for a brand new technique, put up imaginative and prescient 2020, that can deal with the varied challenges and mirror the neighborhood’s aspirations and projections for the following 30 years. This new imaginative and prescient will construct on the successes of Imaginative and prescient 2020 and chart a brand new improvement path in an in depth doc which can garner the targets, aspirations, and developmental priorities of the area over the following thirty years.
The Vice President Madam Finda Koroma, in her opening remarks, reiterated the dedication of ECOWAS to depart nobody behind within the roadmap to imaginative and prescient 2020 and known as for energetic involvement within the Imaginative and prescient’s implementation course of. As a result of the decentralized establishments and Native authorities take pleasure in a singular and privileged place of proximity with the inhabitants as elected officers, your mandates are service supply to the individuals, subsequently making you the first stakeholders in the entire means of consultations. Your closeness to the individuals which supplies you the distinctive alternative to have the ability to discuss to them straight and to higher perceive their wants, makes you privileged interlocutors within the design and implementation of any insurance policies and programmes for the individuals, she mentioned.
On the finish of this workshop, we might have gathered and documented your robust suggestions and significant options which shall be included into the design of programmes and insurance policies that can strengthen decentralisation in your numerous states, as a part of the Imaginative and prescient 2050 improvement course of. We’re not oblivious to the truth that regardless of being on the supra nationwide degree, the last word beneficiaries of our programmes are the individuals on the grass root degree. I subsequently name on all of you right here current to assist us higher perceive the peculiar wants of the decentralised administrations and what programmes could possibly be developed to empower them in order that collectively we’re in a position to serve our communities as anticipated, she mentioned.
She went additional to stipulate a few of the essential progress achieved when it comes to regional integration just like the deployment ECOWAS Widespread Passport, the ECOWAS Brown Card Insurance coverage, the ECOWAS Nationwide Biometric Identification Card to assist free motion and freedom of multinational of residents, foster intra-regional commerce, partnership, and financial collaboration. The implementation of Battle Prevention Framework, eradication of terrorism and violent extremism, struggle towards drug and human trafficking , consolidation of Customs Union with the implementation of the Widespread Exterior Tariff (CET), building of Joint-Border Posts at main border crossing factors, all these have contributed to progress in each formal and casual commerce in our area; Within the well being sector, WAHO is coordinating the regional response to the Covid-19 pandemic, together with capability constructing and provision of important medical provides and tools to Member States.
Madam Koroma recalled that beneath her direct supervision, the ECOWAS Fund for Regional Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth for Fragile Areas will quickly be launched. This initiative seeks to enhance dwelling situations of ladies and youth, create enterprise alternatives for them, strengthen social cohesion and promote good governance. The pilot programme was launched in The Gambia with €17m and hopefully, it could be prolonged to Guinea-Bissau and Mali as a part of the regional pilot programme (2021-2023) earlier than it’s rolled out to different member states.
She concluded appreciating the fast response of contributors to the invitation regardless of all the trouble of travelling on this Covid-19 interval. This can be a actual present of your dedication to the event of our area, which we admire dearly she ended.
Nigerian Minister of State for Overseas Affairs, Mr. Zubairu Dada, hailed ECOWAS for this initiative which is according to following the ECOWAS Council of Minister’s route. He reminded contributors on the necessity to see this workshop as a vital instrument to appraise the achievements of ECOWAS within the promotion of peace and prosperity throughout West Africa and use this to not solely talk about and establish improvement challenges of the area however to additionally discover alternatives, insurance policies and programmes that can go a good distance in addressing these points and contribute to the imaginative and prescient 2050.
Minister of Finance, Price range and Nationwide Planning, represented by Mr. Adeosun .T. David Director, Macroeconomic Evaluation in his remarks acknowledged that this couldn’t have come at a greater time, when Nigeria is growing their very own imaginative and prescient 2050 and 2070.
Mr. Joseph Uyi, Head ECOWAS Nationwide Workplace, Nigeria, burdened the significance of liaising with leaders and sub leaders at each degree as a way to be sure that figuring out developmental wants of the sub area are completed successfully and all encompassing.
Mr. Ludwig Kirchner, GIZ ECOWAS Cluster Coordinator, in his remarks, mentioned since ECOWAS is a ”Individuals centred” group, the peculiarities of all stakeholders should be considered. ECOWAS Imaginative and prescient 2050 gives the chance to be a part of the bigger image. To be factored in proper from the beginning of this steady dialogue which must be translated into Pillars, Group Strategic Framework, Strategic Plans, Insurance policies, legal guidelines and applied at nationwide and subnational ranges. If all stakeholders are knowledgeable of the event of Imaginative and prescient 2050, we’ll higher maintain one another accountable for the longer term.
In these two days, it will be important that you just help ECOWAS in re-aligning the coverage trajectory to your realities. Guarantee a greater integration into the Imaginative and prescient pillars that can help the area for the following thirty (30) years. ECOWAS has invested within the individuals, which can be sure that the area can flourish. This workshop is a platform so that you can voice your aspirations, he addressed the contributors.
The contributors on the workshop had been drawn from metropolis mayors, Governors from every member state, representatives of the ECOWAS Fee, GIZ, the United Nations Financial Fee for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Growth Programme (UNDP).