The leadership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says, it has concluded plans to assess the state of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Poverty Reduction in West Africa.
In order to carry out this activity, the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, will send technical delegations to all member states in August, and September, 2018, to collect existing documentations, and latest socioeconomic data on SDGs and Poverty from 2010 to 2017 in all member states.
In a communication from the ECOWAS Commission to Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah, the Mission to Liberia is scheduled from August 29-31, 2018, and will be led by Christopher Ajaero, Department for Macro-economic Policies and Economic Research.
According to a Release from the ECOWAS National Office in Monrovia, members of the ECOWAS data collection Mission will hold a working session with team from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning on Thursday, August 30, 2018, and also interact with other national and international stakeholders involved in monitoring the SDGs and Poverty Reduction in member states.
The regional framework for the exercise is not only limited to SDGs and Poverty Reduction, but will also consider other complementary aspects consistent with the strategic axes of the Community Development Program (CDP), National Development Plans (NDPs) as well as Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRS).
The data collection mission which is part of ECOWAS’ collaborative efforts for the implementation, monitoring and reporting of regional and international initiatives will be jointly coordinated by the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) and the ECOWAS National Coordinating Committee in Liberia.
Prior to their departure on Saturday, September 1, 2018, the delegation together with the stakeholders will produce an Aide-memoire on their findings, which will be presented to the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, and the Government of Liberia.