The United States government and the Economic Community for West African States, or ECOWAS, have reaffirmed their commitment and collaboration to strengthen harmonization 和谐融洽 and delivery of development programs that aid millions of people throughout West Africa.
Alex Deprez, Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID/West Africa and the President of ECOWAS, Marcel de Souza, recognized the multi-year Development Agreement between the two institutions at an event in Abuja, Nigeria on November 10th.
Under this Development Agreement, the U.S. government will provide up to 298.7 million dollar over the five year-period of 2015 to 2020 in support of ECOWAS priorities 优先事项,优先权, including strengthening democratic 民主的 institutions; enhancing 强化 economic growth, trade and investment; advancing peace and security; and increasing opportunity and development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The agreement also commits an additional 31.6 million dollars to the Development Agreement, of which 25.5 million dollars will support Countering Violent Extremism activities in the region.
U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Nigeria, David Young reiterated 重申 the U.S. Government’s commitment to supporting African-led solutions by supporting regional organizations to better deliver on their respective mandates 委托,授权. He acknowledged that USAID’s regional development cooperation strategy also supports key U.S. Government initiatives including Trade Africa, Feed the Future, Global Health, Global Climate 气候 Change, and the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership.
The renewed 续签的,恢复的 partnership underscores 强调,突出 the deep and longstanding cooperation between the United States government, through USAID/West Africa, and ECOWAS. Mr. Young expressed the hope that the signing of this Development Objective Agreement will help both institutions achieve their shared goals to “reduce violent extremism, reduce poverty, and improve the health and livelihoods 生计,营生 of people across the region.”