The Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) holds a retreat to coordinate efforts.

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The Department of Political Affairs Peace and Security of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) holds a retreat to coordinate efforts.

  • News by AUN News correspondent
  • Sunday, February 12, 2023
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • The four-day retreat serves as a discussion forum for the Department of Political Affairs’ mission and programs (PAPS).

  • Additionally, it offers the employees a chance to plan for the operationalization and ongoing activities of the ECOWAS Commission in 2023 and to develop a comprehensive understanding of the future administration of the organization.

  • “The retreat’s subject is “A fit-for-purpose PAPS to handle emerging peace and security challenges in the ECOWAS region,” with Rev. John Nkum serving as Lead Facilitator.

  • The ECOWAS Commission’s top leaders in the relevant departments are also in favor of it.

  • You may remember that the most recent PAPS retreat was held in 2016.

The four-day retreat serves as a discussion forum for the Department of Political Affairs’ mission and programs (PAPS). Additionally, it offers the employees a chance to plan for the operationalization and ongoing activities of the ECOWAS Commission in 2023 and to develop a comprehensive understanding of the future administration of the organization.

In this context, the retreat attendees are also talking about the goals and objectives of the PAPS Commissioner and the management team’s established priorities for the new ECOWAS Commission. They will look closely at institutional, administrative, and human resource problems inside PAPS and other important staff issues.

The retreat is also a chance to reevaluate the working relationship with the partners helping with peace and security, rethink the activities that PAPS and partners do together, and develop a plan for starting the desperately needed team-building drive among Department staff.

In his opening remarks, the Commissioner of PAPS, Dr. Abdel-Fatau Musah, stressed the need for participants to take a close look at identifying strategies for successful planning and implementation while developing a clear pathway for tackling the myriad challenges of peace and security issues in the region in 2023 with a culture of change in mind.

“Our gathering here provides an excellent opportunity for us to reflect on our vision and mandate and re-engineer our focus in order to move our department forward in effectively leading the ECOWAS peace and security agenda and subsequently contributing our share to the People’s Vision 2050: Peace and Prosperity for All,” Commissioner Musah continued.

Dr. Cyriaque Agnekethom, the Director of Peacekeeping and Regional Security (DPKRS), greeted the participants and told them that the long-awaited retreat is full of high hopes, as shown by the saying, “When pregnancy gets hard, the baby is usually beautiful.”

The retreat’s subject is “A fit-for-purpose PAPS to handle emerging peace and security challenges in the ECOWAS region,” with Rev. John Nkum serving as Lead Facilitator.

PAPS is organizing the retreat with funding from the EU, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is being organized in conjunction with the GIZ ECOWAS Peace and Security Architecture and Operations (EPSAO) project and the Organized Crime: West Africa Response to Trafficking (OCWAR) program (GFFO). Senior officers of pertinent directorates at the ECOWAS Commission are also in favor of it.

At the beginning, a moment of silence was observed in memory of the late colleagues, Dr. Eyesan Okorodudu and Mr. Olivier Zoué. You may remember that the most recent PAPS retreat was held in 2016.

This was sent out by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) through APO Group.

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