1 September 2017

The Deputy Executive Secretary of the ECA in Visit in Niger

Niamey (Niger) — The Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Giovanie Biha, arrived today in Niger for a visit of three days.

During her visit to Niamey, the capital of Niger, Mrs Biha will meet with top Niger's Government officials with whom she will discuss matters of common interest.

This Meeting will equally be an opportunity for the Deputy Executive Secretary of the ECA to take part in the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Conflict and Development in the Sahel Region which the ECA and the Government of Niger are organising from September 13 to 14, 2017.

Mrs Giovanie Biha is accompanied, for this mission, by the Director of the ECA Sub-Regional Office for West Africa, Mr Dimitri Sanga.

Created in 1958, the ECA is one of the five Regional Commissions under the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

As a UN Regional Body in Africa, the ECA has as mandate to support economic and social development of Member-States, favour regional integration and promote international cooperation for the development of Africa.

With Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the ECA is currently made up of 54 Member-States spread over five Sub-Regions: North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa. As part of its proximity policy and with the intention of better serving African countries, the ECA, in 1963, opened a representation at each of these five Sub-Regions. The Sub-Regional Office for West Africa, based in Niamey, Niger, covers 15 ECOWAS Member-States, namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. The Office provides support to Niger in areas such as formulating and implementing the Economic and Social Development Plan (ESDP), improving on the production and use of statistics to support the formulation of policies, gender questions, land issues, etc.

For more information, contact:

Tahirou Gouro, Communication Officer, ECA-SRO/WA,

Mob.: +227 90 99 99 39, Email: gouro2@un.org

Sub-Regional Office for West Africa

428 Avenue du Fleuve Niger

P.O. Box: 744

Niamey, Niger

Tel.: (+227) 20 722961

Fax: (+227) 20 722894

Web: www.uneca.org/sro-wa

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