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First Extraordinary Meeting of the Executive Committee of WAI, Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria

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The first
 Extraordinary Meeting of the Executive Committee of the West Africa Institute (WAI) was held on September 12, 2013 at the Headquarters of the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria. The main objective of the meeting was to invite the members of WAI Executive Committee (Government of Cape Verde, ECOWAS, UEMOA, UNESCO and ECOBANK Group) to reflect on the sustainability and the institutional framework of WAI.

The interventions of the Members of WAI Executive Committee were focused on the relevance of the choice of research topics, the opportunity given to WAI to benefit from the status of institution of category 2 of UNESCO, the nature and conditions for institutional, technical and financial support to WAI, the urgent need for an effective communication strategy for the Institute, the themes conducted by technical structures of regional integration institutions that are part of WAI research area and the establishment of a framework for cooperation to avoid duplication of actions.


At the end of the Extraordinary Meeting of the Executive Committee, the main recommendations formulated were:


  • to strengthen the specific research partnership between ECOWAS, UEMOA and to use the expertise of WAI to conduct part of the research program of its partners
  • to mobilize additional resources from donors such as European Union, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), African economic Community (AEC), (African Development Bank (AfDB) and others institutions by a joint action of the WAI Executive Committee
  • to consider the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between ECOWAS, UEMOA and WAI to establish institutional relationships to ensure the financial sustainability of WAI
  • to increase the visibility of WAI by the implementation of an effective communication strategy
  • to maintain the intellectual autonomy of WAI.

The first Extraordinary Meeting of the Executive Committee of WAI, which lastet three hours, endet at 6pm.

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