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EU and GIZ donate IT equipment to ECOWAS Commission

ByChad J. Johnson

Mar 8, 2022

The European Union (EU) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German government’s foreign aid agency, have donated IT equipment to the ECOWAS Commission for efficient service delivery to the West African regional body.

This was part of the technical assistance to ensure that ECOWAS meets international best practice standards in order to access financial and other support from the EU and other global donor agencies and foreign governments.

The donation was made to the Commission at the official launch of the EU-funded ECOWAS Institutional Support Program (ISE), which aims to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of ECOWAS aid. the EU in West Africa.

Speaking during the program held at the ECOWAS Training Center in Abuja, the Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mrs Cécile Tassin-Pelzer, said the program was developed to train internal staff who will in turn train commission staff.

Tassin-Pelzer explained that the internal trainers will support in conducting regular trainings for old and new staff of the ECOWAS institution.

She said: “I am pleased to welcome you to the official launch of the EU-funded ECOWAS Institutional Support Programme.

“A €4.85 million program also co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by GIZ.

“Today we will be handing over the equipment purchased under the program to support the training center and celebrate the graduation of the first batch of ECOWAS in-house trainers.

“The institutional support program that we are launching today was developed as an extension of previous programs aimed at strengthening public finance management and institutional reforms initiated by ECOWAS.

“The program started in December 2020 and aims to ensure that the ECOWAS Commission, as well as the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) achieve international standards in finance, auditing, accounting and human resources”.

Also speaking at the event, the ECOWAS Institutional Support (ISE) component manager, Natalie Ba, said that for several years, Germany has been supporting ECOWAS in strengthening its strategic management skills and in its preparations for the evaluation of the EU pillar.

The Commissioner for Human Resources of the ECOWAS Commission, Prof. Dias Jeremias, who represented the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, at the event, explained that the Institutional Support to ECOWAS (ISE) was put in place to strengthen the efficiency, efficiency and impact of EU aid in West Africa.

He noted that: “The ISE, which is part of the overall action “Support to the ECOWAS Commission on Organizational Development” (GIZ OD) commissioned by BMZ has provided technical assistance on institutional reforms to the ECOWAS Commission and EBID.

“Since the signing of the contribution agreement between the stakeholders and the commissioning by BMZ towards the end of 2020, the ISE which is jointly funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is committed to supporting both the ECOWAS Commission and EBID which aims to prepare both institutions for EU Pillar certification to directly manage funds provided by the European Union.