SWAC Members and partners discuss work priorities for the 2019-20 programme of work
OECD Conference Centre, Boulogne-Billancourt, 18-19 June 2018
The Sahel and West Africa Club’s governing board, also called Strategy and Policy Group (SPG), convened on 18-19 June 2018 for an important discussion of SWAC’s future work priorities.
SWAC Members appointed Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, current Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD, as SWAC President. He will assume his functions as of 1 January 2019. The SPG was an opportunity for Members and partners to honour current President, François-Xavier de Donnea for his outstanding commitment to the Club for nearly a decade.
Members and partners also discussed work priorities for the 2019-20 programme of work. They discussed a draft programme of work, which was elaborated based on an inclusive consultation process, reflecting Members’ key priorities and building on current work and achievements. Drawing on the discussions, the SWAC Secretariat will now finalise the programme of work.
The SPG meeting kicked off on 18 June with a seminar on cities & urbanisation, the food economy, employment and women. The thematic day was an opportunity for the SWAC Secretariat to share the ongoing results of its work in these domains. The presentations included points of view from local actors and demonstrations of how up-to-date data and analytical methods are contributing to our knowledge of the transformations taking place in the region. An informal roundtable debate offered an opportunity to exchange on security challenges in the Sahel. The two-day event was capped off with a photo exhibit by Dakar-based photographer Ricci Shryock.
- Masamichi Kono, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
- Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, President, ECOWAS Commission
- François-Xavier de Donnea, SWAC President / Video interview
- Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD