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UEMOA, SWAC take stock of co-operation priorities

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UEMOA Commission President Abdallah Boureima met a delegation from the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) in Ouagadougou on 12 March. They took stock of their co-operation since 2011, when UEMOA joined the Sahel and West Africa Club as Member, and discussed future work priorities. Over the past six years, the two organisations have worked together on the regional governance of food and nutrition security, the food economy, natural resources and environment, cross-border co-operation and security-development issues. SWAC’s analysis and policy dialogue activities directly feed into UEMOA work processes. Notably, they supported the drafting of the 10-year UEMOA Community Programme for Agricultural Transformation and Food and Nutrition Security (PCD-TASAN) and the establishment of the UEMOA Regional Fund for Agricultural Development (FRDA). SWAC also plays an important role in lobbying and on policy dialogues to make sure that West African concerns are heard on the international stage. For example, it supported the West African delegation to showcase the region’s actions and priorities at the COP21 climate change summit in Paris. UEMOA leaders expressed their satisfaction with SWAC membership and aim to further deepen co-operation alongside regional organisations such as ECOWAS and CILSS. In the future, SWAC and the Commission intend to amplify co-operation with a larger number of UEMOA departments. The SWAC delegation also met with commissioners in charge of territorial planning, regional markets and co-operation as well as peace and security to get a better understanding of their on-going and future work priorities. The SWAC delegation was composed of Laurent Bossard, SWAC Secretariat director; Jean Sibiri Zoundi, deputy director; and Jean de Dieu Somda, special representative of the SWAC president.