A 5-Day Regional Workshop Kicks Off in Accra Ghana

  • Monday March 12, 2018 07:35 AM
  • NILS Press Corps
Accra, Ghana will play host to critical state actors for a Regional Training Workshop on Principles of Effective Financial Governance in ECOWAS Monetary Zone. The Workshop which comes up between 12th – 16th March, 2018 provides an opportunity for member states of ECOWAS to re-examine their peculiar circumstances in financial governance following the dismal performance of most countries and the rating by the annually published Ibrahim Index of African Governance, a statistical measure of overall governance performance in every African country which reported that thirteen members of the fifteen-member ECOWAS countries’ with the exception of The Gambia and Mali, whose scores deteriorated by -0.6 points) scores improved by +1.9 to 58.2 points over 100 points between 2000-2016.

The workshop which will have in attendance, a total of 65 technical staff of parliaments key Ministries, Department and Agencies in the ECOWAS Monetary Zone, Honourable Members of Parliament in the ECOWAS Monetary Zone to whom the findings of the workshop will subsequently be presented for discussion at a session in a Round Table Dialogue.

Expected at the workshop are; Staff/Clerks of Finance and Public Accounts Committees of national parliaments of the 15 ECOWAS Member States, Senior Staff of Ministries in Charge of Finance and Economic Planning in the 15 ECOWAS Member States, Senior Finance Staff of the Trade and Exchange Units of the Central Banks of the ECOWAS Member States, Senior Staff of ECOWAS institutions and agencies; ECOWAS Commission, ECOWAS Parliament, West African Monetary Agency WAMA, West African Monetary Institute WAMI, ECOWAS Gender Centre, GIABA and Staff of UEMOA. About 13 distinguished resource persons drawn from distinct regional and national financial and economic institutions in some member states of ECOWAS are expected to deliver papers during the week-long programme.

The workshop is being organized under the aegis of the National Institute for Legislative Studies Capacity Building Project (NILS-CAP) in collaboration with the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM), with funding from the African Capacity Building Foundation, ACBF.