ECOWAS Economic Journalits Re-Union Meeting Opens In Lome, Togo

NEJWA members and facilitators pose for the press
NEJWA members and facilitators pose for the press
Photo Credit: Public Affair-MoCI

Tuesday, February 15, 2022;A two-day re-union meeting for members of the Network of Economic Journalists in West Africa (NEJWA), running from Tuesday, February 15-16, 2022, has formally opened in Lome, Togo, with  the  Director of  UNECA’s Sub-Regional Office for West Africa,  Ngone Diop, describing her organization’s partnership with the media as  crucial.

“It is an honour and a pleasure to be with you today and to speak on behalf of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa at this official ceremony to launch the conversation with members of the West Africa Economic Journalists Network on the theme: 'Achievements by the ECA Sub-Regional Office for West Africa in 2021 and Outlook for 2022-2023,” Ms. Diop said.

Addressing the opening session of the two-day re-union meeting, she said the idea was part of the implementation of the communication and knowledge management strategy of the UNECA/SROWA to engage its key partners, including policy makers and other development partners.

The Director of UNECA’s Sub-Regional Office for West Africa added that such series of policy dialogues and conversations were in response to the strong recommendation of the 24th Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts of West Africa, held in Bangul,The Gambia, from  November 10-11, 2021.

According to Ms. Diop, the two-day re-union meeting with members of the Network of Economic Journalists in West Africa (NEJWA) was of great importance to the ECA/SROWA because the forum particularly sought to inform members of the Network about the ECA Sub-Regional Office for West Africa, its tools of intervention and support to the countries, the Regional Economic Commissions (RECs) and to emphasize role of West African journalists, with respect to the achievement of the UNECA/SROWA.

She said the gathering also offered an  opportunity to discuss with the media about upcoming ECA flagship events, including  the Fifty-fourth Session of the Commission and Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, scheduled for March 2022 under the theme: "Financing Africa's Recovery: A New Beginning".


“The work of the ECA's West Africa Sub-Regional Office took place in 2021 against the backdrop of the challenges of an ongoing pandemic, the fight against youth unemployment, insecurity, and the most urgent need to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” she added.

Ms. Diop reaffirmed the ECA’s readiness to collaborate with the media for the economic and social development of Africa.

Earlier welcoming the participants, the Communication Officer for the ECA Sub-regional Office for West Africa, Tahirou Gouro, indicated that  the Network of Economic Journalists in West Africa was  set up to build a professional partnership with the media.

Mr. Gouro hailed members of the Network for helping to ensure visibility of his organization’s work.

During the first day of deliberations, members of the Network advanced a number of strategies aimed at ensuring effective dissemination of the ECA/SROWA’s activities. Some of the recommendations include the running of a newsletter and that in person meeting for the Network be held at least twice a year.

Liberia is represented at the forum by the Communications Director at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, also a Certified Media Trainer, columnist and Press Union of Liberia Former Vice President, Jacob N.B. Parley and the Editor-In-Chief at the authoritative Heritage Newspaper, Augustus D.R. Bortue.


Jacob N.B. Parley

Communications Director

Ministry of Commerce and Industry


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