ECOWAS calls for integration plans

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ABUJA – The ECOWAS Vice President, Dr Toga McIntosh, has urged the community’s Strategic Planning Coordination Committee (SPCC), to develop practical and feasible strategic plans for the realisation of its integration objective.

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McIntosh made the call at the eight session of the committee in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

He said Community Strategic Framework (CSF) was an umbrella for ECOWAS Institutions to develop their institutional action plans within the context of the regional objective.

He described the CSF as critical to the attainment of the commission’s integration plan.

Tonga urged the committee to ensure that the plans incorporated the decision of the Council of Ministers and Heads of State and Government.

He stressed the need for collective approach to developing the plans in line with ECOWAS’ vision.

McIntosh urged the committee to adopt participatory approach with consultants, development partners and stakeholders by organising working sessions to ensure cohesion and increased productivity.

Prof. Mohamed Ndiaye, the Director General of the West African Monetary Agency (WAMA), said the implementation of the recommendations of the previous SPCC meeting was important.

On his part, the ECOWAS Director for Strategic Planning, Mr Abel Essien, expressed confidence in the ability of the committee to discharge its mandate.

SPCC was established in 2009 and made up of directors and heads of services involved in the community’s strategic decisions.

The three day meeting was aimed at endorsing the five-year strategic planning framework for ECOWAS to facilitate the achievement of its 2020 vision of a citizen- driven community. (NAN)

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