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Cablegate: Ecowas Seeks $31 Million Donor Support for Capacity

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DEPARTMENT PASS TO USTR-AGAMA
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ECIN ETRD EINV EAID PREL NI ECOWAS
SUBJECT: ECOWAS SEEKS $31 MILLION DONOR SUPPORT FOR CAPACITY
BUILDING PLAN

1. Summary: On July 7, development partners of the Economic
Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in Abuja to consider
the draft 2008/2009 ECOWAS Commission Capacity Building plan (CBP)
and discuss strategies for its implementations with donor support.
ECOWAS CBP in 2009 will focus on regional infrastructure in energy
and transport, implementation of community levy protocol, a common
external tariff (CET), and conclusion of Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) with the European Commission. The CBP
implementation will give priority to service departments, especially
strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation. ECOWAS committed to
ensure that all capacity building supports are guided by its Vision
2020 and strategic framework documents. President Chambas announced
the establishment of CBP coordinating mechanism headed by a Vice
President and assisted by the new Monitoring and Evaluation Unit.
Regarding the CBP resource requirements, ECOWAS presented a total
cost estimate of $55 million with $31 million funding gap of which
$21 million is short-term priority need. The donors were
enthusiastic regarding progress already achieved in capacity
building and the development of the 2008/2009 CBP. They expressed
joint commitment to support ECOWAS but with the 2008/2009 CBP as the
basis for guiding the work of the Capacity Building Plan Thematic
Group (CBPTG). ECOWAS was urged to harmonize all parallel donor
funds support into CBP; revise the Joint Financing Agreement to
include new partners; and include other bilateral and multilateral
partners in the CBP process. End Summary.

2. The Third ECOWAS/Development Partners Thematic Group Meeting
held on July 7 considered the Draft 2008/2009 ECOWAS Commission
Capacity Building Plan and discussed strategies for its
implementation. President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Mohamed Ibn
Chambas, in an opening address delivered on his behalf by the Vice
President, Jean de Dieu Somba, underlined the importance of capacity
building for the effective implementation of ECOWAS integration
programs. He expressed satisfaction with ECOWAS on-going efforts at
capacity building; and cited examples of some key achievements
including the strategic planning mainstreaming, adoption of the new
ECOWAS Vision 2020, development of operational documents, and the
transformation of the ECOWAS executive secretariat into a
Commission. (Note: Adopted June 15, 2007, ECOWAS Vision 2020 is to
convert West Africa into a borderless region where citizens can
create and avail themselves of opportunities for sustainable
production. End Note).
.
ECOWAS Vision 2020
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.
3. The Vice President said ECOWAS Vision 2020 efforts at
transformation have brought several new challenges such as:
anchoring strategic planning and results based management; absorbing
donor support; and finalizing a capacity building plan. To address
these challenges, the Vice President announced the establishment of
a CBP coordinating mechanism headed by him and assisted by the new
Monitoring and Evaluation Unit.

4. The ECOWAS 2009 CBP immediate focus will be:
-- regional infrastructure in energy and transport,
-- effective implementation of the community levy protocol,
-- preparation of the community development program,
-- free movement of persons and goods, and the right of residence
and establishment,
-- a common external tariff,
-- drive towards macro-economic convergence,
-- conclusion of an EPA with the EU,
-- accelerated implementation of ECOWAS Agricultural Policy
(ECOWAP),
-- consolidation of peace and good governance in the sub-region.

5. Accordingly, the CBP implementation will provide service
departments with capacity in priority areas, and fulfill capacity
requirements in the departments of strategic planning, monitoring
and evaluation. The goal is that all ECOWAS capacity building
support be guided by Vision 2020 and its strategic frameworks.
.
UNDP
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.
6. In a goodwill statement, the UNDP Resident Representative in
Nigeria, Alberic Kacou, commended the ECOWAS Commission's strategic
orientation and institutional transformation. While commending the
external expertise received to obtain these positive results, Kacou
encouraged ECOWAS to look beyond capacity building to capacity
utilization and development; and to focus simultaneously on human,
organizational and system capacity development. To reduce the CBP

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financing gap, he urged the Commission to adopt non-conventional but
low cost e-learning approaches to capacity building such as the
Virtual Development Academy.

$31 Million CBP Funding Gap
---------------------------
.
7. The working session was presided over by ECOWAS Vice President
Somda. He presented the 2008/2009 ECOWAS Capacity Building Plan
overview which highlighted its purpose, principles, priorities,
implementation strategy and coordinating mechanism. The
achievements and areas requiring intervention were also highlighted.
Presenting the CBP resource requirements, Somda announced a total
cost estimate of $55 million with a $31 million funding gap of which
$21 million is short-term priority need.

Development Partners' Review of CBP
-----------------------------------
.
8. Reviewing the CBP, donors commended the progress already
achieved by the Commission in capacity building and the development
of the 2008/2009 CB plan. The donors confirmed the 2008/2009 CBP as
the basis for guiding the work of the Capacity Building Plan
Thematic Group (CBPTG), and reaffirmed the importance of
complementing ECOWAS Vision 2020 and Strategic Medium Term Plan
(SMTP). Donors also made proposals designed to enrich the CBP such
as the choice of priority programs, a review of the Joint Funding
Agreement, and the expansion of CBP Pool Fund membership. They
assured the ECOWAS Commission of additional resources from donors if
capacity to absorb existing aids is demonstrated.

9. Canada expressed satisfaction with the harmonization of PARECIS
into the Pool Fund mechanism (PARECIS is Canada's Institutional
Capacity-Building Support Program for the ECOWAS Commission). Spain
announced it was satisfied with procedures for harmonization in the
Pool Fund mechanism, and expressed interest in joining the fund.
Spain reported that a contribution to the CB pool fund would be in
addition to the 10 million Euros grant for migration and development
already approved for capacity building in ECOWAS member states.
(Note: On July 1, ECOWAS and Spain signed a 10 million Euros Fund on
Migration and Development to support ECOWAS immigration and
development, small arms control as well as energy development and
access. The fund was set up to help the ECOWAS Commission and
Member States develop and implement an ECOWAS Common Approach on
Migration. End Note) Germany confirmed on-going support to help
finalize various planning documents through complementary funding
under the German Technical Cooperation agency (GTZ).

10. Donors urged ECOWAS to harmonize all parallel donor funds
support into the CB plan; revise the Joint Financing Agreement to
include new partners; and facilitate inclusion of other bilateral
and multilateral partners in the capacity building process. Donors
also promised to review Pool Fund procedures to soften it for
accelerated absorption. The Commission was requested to prepare a
project-oriented operational plan based on agreed priorities and
submitted to Donors for consent.

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