The West African regional seminar on the programming of the European Union (EU) Neighborhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) – 2021-2027, is underway in Accra.
The objective of the three-day meeting is to allow ECOWAS, the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and Member States to share information on their level of readiness to submit projects / initiatives for funding. within the framework of the regional multiannual indicative program. 2021-2027.
EU regional programming in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is evolving; a new single instrument, the NDICI, replaces the previous instruments, including the European Development Fund (EDF), for the period 2021-2027.
Under this new instrument, there will be a single regional program for SSA.
Only initiatives with obvious added value to address a problem from a regional point of view will be supported under this regional program.
Participants in the Accra meeting were drawn from the ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissions, the West African Health Organization (WAHO), the Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering in Africa, West (GIABA), the ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Center (ECREEE) and the ECOWAS Regional Center. Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA).
The others are the West African Power Pool (WAPP), the ECOWAS Investment and Development Bank (EBID), the West African Development Bank (BOAD) and experts from ECOWAS Member States such as Ghana. , Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo, Nigeria. , Niger, Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Benin and Guinea Bissau.
Mr. Jeromeh K. Boa, Acting Director of External Relations, ECOWAS Commission, in an interview with Ghana News Agency, said the purpose of the Accra meeting was to update and harmonize a list of West African regional projects / initiatives ready for funding.
He said he was also looking to respond to emerging needs and meet the defined NDICI criteria that would complement and add value to the selected Multi-Year Indicative Program for Sub-Saharan Africa (Regional PIM).
He said they would look at key priority areas such as peace and security, emerging issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the digital economy.
Mr Boa said the NDICI project, which started last year, included sub-Saharan Africa, and 40 percent of funding for sub-Saharan Africa had been allocated to West Africa.
Or 29.18 billion euros were allocated to sub-Saharan Africa, of which West Africa had 11.6 billion euros.
He said the Fund would be used to finance key projects in the West Africa sub-region, adding that they should ensure that they had key projects aligned with the vision and development of the sub-region.
Mr. Assoukou Raymond Krikpeu, resident representative of the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) in Brussels, said that the NDICI, which replaced the previous instruments, would serve as a framework for cooperation between the countries of the West African sub-region and the EU.
He specified that the NDICI will guide future actions in the sub-region in terms of development and cooperation.