SWAC Strategy and Policy Group meeting


 Accra, 9-10 December 2010


Following a discussion on SWAC’s Secretariat 2010 activity report, Club Members amended and adopted the 2011-2012 work programme and budget. "West Africa's food prospects" is the focus of a two-year process of prospective analysis intended to inform decision makers implementing regional policies. The Club will concentrate its reflection on two determinants of food security – the regional market and settlement patterns.

   Key documents

    It will also conduct work on energy and security issues as well as cross-cutting communication activities. The revised version is currently under preparation. Moreover, Members have ratified the final versions of the new Mandate and the Memorandum of Understanding with the OECD. Both documents were approved by the OECD Council on 1 December 2010. 




9 December, morning session


2010 Activities and Budget Report

  • Presentation of the Secretariat’s activities and budget by Laurent Bossard, Director a.i. (10 min)
  • Presentation of the West Africa Gateway by Julia Wanjiru, Communication Officer (10 min)


  • Presentation of the revision process for the Food Crises Prevention and Management Charter by Sibiri-Jean Zoundi, Principal Administrator (10 min)
  • Presentation of work following on from the 2009 SWAC Forum on "Pressures on West African land, reconciling development and investment policies", by Léonidas Hitimana, Programme Officer (10 mm)


  • Presentation of the results of the study on Security implications of climate change in the Sahelian zone by Philipp Heinrigs, Programme Officer (10 min)
  • Presentation of the Cross-border Cooperation Guide by Marie Trémolières, Programme officer (10 min)




9 December, afternoon session


Work Programme and Budget 2011-2012


The purpose of the session is to amend and adopt the 2011-2012 work programme and budget. A draft policy orientation statement sent to Members will be presented at the meeting by Laurent Bossard, Director a.i. A first round of opinions will identify the issues to discuss. Each issue will then be addressed separately and the consensus on each one identified.

The SPG should guide the Secretariat’s activities, particularly as regards to:

  • The prioritisation of themes with respect to available resources
  • Expected outputs
  • Partnerships to be formed, especially in West Africa
  • Internal collaboration at the OECD
  • Synergy between the Club’s work and Members’ agendas. Some Members may desire to make use of work done in the context of the Club for events they organise themselves?

Approval of work programme and budget.


10 December 2010, morning session


Governance of the Club and management of its Secretariat

The main topics here will be as follows:

  • The process towards the formal signing of the Mandate and Memorandum of Understanding with the OECD. Eric Burgeat, Director of the Centre for Cooperation with Non-Members (CCNM), will report on progress.
  • Procedures for paying subscriptions.
  • The situation and prospects regarding contacts to encourage non-Members to join the Club.
  • SPG's definition of its operating rules:
    • Must SPG meetings be strictly reserved for Members or could particular sessions welcome Observers or stakeholders of importance for the current business?
    • Number of SPG meetings: should the current frequency and calendar be maintained (twice yearly - June in Paris and December in West Africa) or another alternative?
    • Should the Club set itself the goal of holding a high-level SPG meeting every year?
    • Consensus-building methods
    • Any other subjects requested by Members.
  • Recruitment of the Director and other general matters concerning the Secretariat team
  • Any other subjects requested by Members.




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