Promote growth poles in West Africa

Niamey, 27 September 2016 (ECA/SRO-WA) - A multifaceted and fact-finding mission of technical assistance from the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and senior officials from Niger are staying in Burkina Faso from September 26th to 30th, 2016.

Within the framework of its advisory services to member States and on the request of Burkina Faso’s Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Development (MEFD), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) sent a technical assistance fact-finding mission to Burkina Faso.

The overall objective of this mission is to set the basis of an ECA technical assistance to Burkina Faso, to support its development strategy, mainly with regard to development planning systems and statistics. In parallel and over the same period, the ECA Subregional Office for West Africa is organizing, at the request of Nigerien authorities, a mission to share experiences on the strategy to promote development poles, between senior officials from Niger and their counterparts from Burkina Faso.

This multifaceted and fact-finding mission, composed of experts from specialized Divisions of the Headquarters and the Subregional Office for West Africa, should help ECA and Burkinabe authorities, notably through the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Development, to agree on a check-list comprising the guidelines of an action plan and a roadmap for implementing the technical cooperation framework between the ECA and Burkina Faso Country.

The implementation of this cooperation framework, shall permit Burkina Faso to: (i) have its first country profile,  (ii) improve on its statistics production capacities, (iii) produce the regional integration index and the African social development index, (iv) boost its development planning process, (v) ensure national ownership, nationalization and follow-up  and evaluation of Agenda  2063 of the African Union and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),  (vi)  strengthen national capabilities regarding  formulation,  negotiation and implementation of mining contracts and (vii) strengthen  its capacity in strategic development planning, follow-up and evaluation of public policies and macroeconomic models.

Concerning the mission of the senior officials from Niger, it falls within the scope of the technical assistance requested by their Government from ECA, to support the formulation of its strategy to promote regional development poles. Included in the mission’s agenda are discussions in Ouagadougou on the strategies, stakeholders, resources and processes relating to development poles as well as a field visit to the Bagre development pole, known as Bagrepole.

Field Project: Promotion of Growth Poles in Niger - Designing a Strategy to Promote Regional Development Poles in Niger

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Communications Section
Economic Commission for Africa
PO Box 3001
Addis Ababa
Tel: +251 11 551 5826