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• The Brussels-
The mechanism will aim to help ACP countries move towards a sustainable management of their resources and effectively tackle challenges facing their fishery industries.
According to officials, the mechanism will include drastic requirements in terms of exports, necessary infrastructure and technical know-
• Chadian MP Moussa Ndele, now the newly-
• Africa’s chief diplomat, Jean Ping has said that Africa’s elaborate economic and political unity goals will transform into reality within the next four years with the creation of the super-
Ping explained that transforming the three trading blocs of COMESA/SADC/EAC into a single entity would create a single market of 600 million people and accelerate efforts towards political and economic integration.
Ping’s comments come on the heels of African leaders preparing to meet in Libya, on 1-
• The 13th COMESA heads of state and government meeting played host to the official launch of the COMESA Customs Union at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe the week of 8 June. Zimbabwe’s President and the new COMESA Chairman, Robert Mugabe, speaking during the launch said the Customs Union would create a conducive environment for trade and investment in the region.
• ICT & Telecommunication Ministers of ECOWAS have agreed on the feasibility and environmental assessment study on an ECOWAS Wide Area Network (ECOWAN).
ECOWAN will provide a platform for sharing both intranet and internet services between governments and public sector organizations in the ECOWAS sub-
The project will seek to deepen regional integration through the development of a common platform of communication and information-
ECOWAS will liaise with the West African Telecommunications Authority (WATRA) to convene a meeting with the sub-
• Ministers of transport and infrastructure in the ECOWAS sub-
Other new initiatives include ensuring the conclusion of some existing projects, one of which is the regional transport facilitation programme. The Ministers charged both ECOWAS and UEMOA commissions to “mobilize supplementary funds necessary for construction and installation of the join border posts equipment.”
The ECOWAS commission is expected to produce a road map for the application of existing texts and set the deadline of 30 July, 2009 for the member states.
• Stemming from an idea that was launched in July 2008, the Committee of ECOWAS Chiefs of Security Services may come into fruition after a meeting held in Dakar, Senegal. This specialized committee ought to have many competencies in the security services sector, including assistance to peace-
Although the terms of reference for the committee members are incomplete, it is clear that the underlying objective of the committee will be to study the report of the ECOWAS Commission on the state of regional security, as well as, formulate recommendations on the basis of decisions made by ECOWAS.
Among its other powers will be the provision of “recommendations on the means of reinforcing cooperation" between the security services at the regional level in order to combat more efficiently the phenomenon of “delinquance transfrontalière” or cross-
The committee will comprise of chiefs of police and inspectors-
• An EU-
As regards the latter, the EU took note of the Declaration by the African Union on the international financial crisis, which was adopted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the February 3, 2009. It further expressed its support for the declaration of G20 leaders on 2 April, 2009. The EU went on to commend the progress in the overall African Peace and Security architecture, including the cooperation between the AU and ECOWAS, adding that their efforts should be supported over the coming months.
Cape Verde will host the headquarters of the West African Institute for Regional Integration, and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.
• Burkina Faso has been the stage for ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff to review the security situation in West Africa, with a view to ensuring stability in the sub-
Specific activities include reviewing the road-
Colonel Toure, ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, also provided an update on the developments in the sub-
East African Community:
• Three EAC countries –Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania – have ratified an agreement to set up the East African Community Civil Aviation Safety and Security Agency. Kenya’s EAC Ministry said in an emailed statement that the nations “now have a forum to discuss and plan common measures required to ensure safety and orderly development of international civil aviation.”
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