Ibrahim Mayaki becomes new SWAC President
The Sahel and West Africa Club’s governing board, also called the 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 Assane Mayaki, current Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD, as SWAC President. He will assume this function 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 2019-20. They discussed a draft work programme, which was elaborated based on an inclusive consultation process, reflecting Members’ key priorities and building on current activities and achievements. Drawing on these discussions, the SWAC Secretariat will now finalise its programme of work. The SPG meeting kicked off on 18 June with a seminar on cities and urbanisation, the food economy, employment and women. The thematic day was an opportunity for the SWAC Secretariat to share the results of its ongoing work on these issues. The presentations included local actors’ points of view and demonstrations of how up-to-date data and analytical methods are contributing to our knowledge of the region’s transformations. An informal roundtable debate offered an opportunity to discuss the Sahel’s security challenges. The two-day event was capped off with a photo exhibit by Dakar-based photographer Ricci Shryock.