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WAI Newsletter 10th Edition January - June 2018 is now online!

WAI NL June 2018 CV pageEXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The first semester of the year 2018 has been marked by the participation of the West Africa Institute (WAI) in the 13th Strategic Plannig Coordination Committee (SPCC) Meeting that took place in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, from 11 to 12 May 2018. This major event was chaired by HE Finda E.M Koroma, the new Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, and facilitated by the GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), supporting ECOWAS through strategic management and technical advice.

Representatives of ECOWAS Intitutions and Specialized Agencies took part in the fruitful dialog plateform focused first on the evaluation of the progress made in the implementation of the Community Strategic Framework (CSF) 2016-2020 and second on the propositions made by the Technical Committee of the SPCC regarding the post 2020 Vision. During the hearding given to her by the Vice-President, WAI Director General acknowledged the valuable support provided to the Institute by the ECOWAS Commission and offered the services of the Institute, a think tank specialized in regional integration and social transformations in West Africa, to support the process.

WAI Director General, Prof. Djénéba Traoré, participated in the International Workshop on Germany´s new West Africa Policy, organized in Berlin, on 24-25 May, and also held a Conference on Mali at the Helmut Schmidt University of Hamburg, on 28 May. The contributions and sharings of experiences during both activities have allowed to establish a clear statement on the needs of the West African region in the specific domains of socio economic development and peacebuilding among others.

Interms of visits, WAI has received on January 31st, 2018 Dr. Victor Borges, former Minister of Education of Cabo Verde, to address the perspectives of the Institute and, on 21 February 2018 the new Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation in Cabo Verde, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Mali and Mauritania, HE Marion Weichelt Krupski, in the frame of a first contact with the Chaiman of WAI Board Director; Ing. José Brito and the Director General.

On the invitation of the Pedro Gomes Secondary School (ESPG), situated in the city of Praia, WAI Director General visited the educational institution on March 29th, 2018, in order to exchange with the School Director and the Project Manager, Mrs. Lídia Spencer, about a project designed by the school and aiming to give a label of excellence to the school.

The Minister of Regional Integration, HE Júlio Herbert Lopes, received the Director General of WAI in audience on 02 May 2018. The purpose of the visit was to present the Institute to the Minister and to ask for his advices, recommendations and support regarding the new perspectives of WAI. WAI Director General took the advantage to thank the Governement of the Republic of Cabo Verde for its constant financial assiatance to the Institute.

WAI Fellowship has been extended in Februar 2018 with the nomination of Professor Harlan Koff from the University of Luxemburg and President of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC). It is the occasion to mention that the volume 8 (March 2018) of the Berghahn Journal «Regions and Cohesion» of the RISC Consortium on the topic «sustainable development» is now available online at: https://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/regions-and-cohesion/8/1/regions-and-cohesion.8.issue-1.xml

Finally, WAI has hosted Kadija Chopin from the Western Catholic University of Angers, France,

for a one-month-internship (7 May – 7 June 2018). During her stay, Ms Chopin carried out a survey on security challenges in Cabo Verde.

The West Africa Institute (WAI) was created by UNESCO, ECOWAS Commission, UEMOA Commission, the Government of the Republic of Cabo Verde and the ECOBANK Group. It was approved by the Summit of Heads of State of ECOWAS, held in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) in December 2008 and by the Council of Ministers of UEMOA on 26 June, 2009, in Dakar (Senegal).

WAI’s main missions are:

           - to generate knowledge on regional integration;

           - to establish platforms for dialogue, meetings and exchanges;

           - to train a new generation of elites on regional integration and

           - to negotiate strategic partnerships with institutions.

The vision of WAI is to participate actively in close collaboration with other actors in order to facilitating decision-making to achieve the aspirations and the desires of the population.

The information on the WAI and its research activities can be obtained via the links below in the three working languages ​​of the Institute (English / French / Portuguese):

1. Website of WAI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. WAI Publications «Critical Analysis Actions and Strategies» (CAAS)

3. WAI-ZEI Papers.

4. Regional Integration Observer (RIO).

5. WAI Newsletters.

6. The various reports (Scientific Council / Annual Reports / Training Seminar) & Decisions Act and texts on WAI.

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