Leadership changes at CILSS, ECOWAS and GIABA
1 March was marked by some important leadership changes in West Africa’s regional organisations. The Ivorian Jean-Claude Brou took office as new head of the ECOWAS Commission. He replaces the Beninois Marcel de Souza, who has served as interim head for the past two years. A number of new commissioners were confirmed at the same time. CILSS also took an important step forward by appointing Souleymane Ouédraogo from Burkina Faso as the new general director of the CILSS Regional Agrhymet Centre, based in Niamey. He previsouly managed the CILSS Executive Secretariat in Ouagadougou as acting head. The Intergovernmental Group of Action against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) also changed its director. The Togolese Kimélabalou Aba became the new general director, replacing the Ivorian Adama Coulibaly who has been in office since 2014.