The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) worth One Million four hundred and ninety-six thousand euros (€1,496,000) with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain on support to ECOWAS Specialized Agencies. The ceremony took place on December 6, 2022, in Abuja, Nigeria.
Areas to be supported are the ECOWAS Centre for Gender Development (ECDG), the ECOWAS Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF) and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) .
As per the MoU, the Spanish Cooperation will make a voluntary contribution in 2022 directly of 1.498,000 euros to the ECOWAS Specialized Agencies through the ECOWAS Commission as bro-ken down below: A line of 500,000 euros will go to the RAAF’s Project for the Promotion of Integrated School Feeding Models in West Africa; A line of 250,000 Euros for ECREEE’s Water and Energy Project for the Increase of Food Security and Socio-Economic Development, corresponding to the first annuity; A line of 498,000 euros from ACID’s Ecological Transition Program (FONTEC) will support the project Transition to a Clean Energy Circular Economy through the Optimization of High Energy Intensity Value Chains in High Impact Sectors, with ECREEE and a line of 250,000 euros will go to the Project of institutional support and promotion of the new strategies of the ECGD within ECOWAS on the promotion of gender equality and the fight against gender-based violence.
The Spanish Cooperation has been supporting ECOWAS with programs across different fields, including Peace and Security.