Heads of state and government of ECOWAS will adopt the regional poverty reduction strategy document outlining specific activities to be undertaken by the region to combat the pervasive poverty in West Africa during their 33rd Ordinary Summit scheduled for 18th January 2008 in Ouagadougou.
The document, a joint project of the ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissions, was recommended for the consideration of the heads of state and government by the Council of Ministers during their December 2007 meeting in Ouagadougou.
It will not only complement the existing poverty reduction documents of member states but will also provide a coherent and comprehensive regional framework for addressing the problem of poverty in the region.
Heads of state and government will also consider the 2007 annual report of the president of the Commission, a comprehensive document detailing the various
activities and achievements of the Commission.
The rescheduled 2007 Summit will also consider the measures proposed by the Council of Ministers during their December 2007 meeting in Ouagadougou to improve data generation in the region and access to comparable data on Member States for development planning.
The ministers had recommended the establishment of a statistics support fund, capacity building for national statistics institutes and the establishment of statistics training schools to improve the number of trained statisticians and contribute to the generation of reliable national and regional data for planning and development.
The heads of state and government will also consider a memorandum recommending the formalization of the ECOWAS Emergency Response Team (EERT). The EERT will help build regional disaster response capability and enable ECOWAS respond to complex humanitarian emergencies.
It is part of the civilian component of the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) for Peace Support Operations within the framework of the standby force arrangement of the African Union. When fully operational, the EERT will form part of the larger African Union emergency response arrangement.
The one-day meeting will also review the security situation in the region, elect its chairman and agree on the venue for the end of 2008 ordinary summit.
The summit will be preceded by the meetings of the Mediation and Security Council, comprising foreign ministers of member states on 16th January 2007 and technical experts on Political Affairs, Peace and Security (TCEPAPS)
Statements will be delivered at the opening by the chairman of the authority of the heads of state and government of ECOWAS, President Blasé Compaore of
Burkina Faso, the chairman of the African Union President John Kufuor of Ghana and the president of the ECOWAS Commission Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas.