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Posted on: February 13, 2017


The second Steering Committee (SC) of the ACP-EU TradeCom II Programme was held at the ACP House on February 8, 2017. The Committee was chaired by Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General responsible for Sustainable Economic Development and Trade at the ACP Secretariat and assisted by Mr. Morgan Githinji, the ACP Secretariat’s Project Manager for the TradeCom II Programme.

DEVCO was represented by Mr. Antti Karhunen (Head of Unit of Private Framework Development, Trade, Regional Integration), Mr. Egon Hovnikar (Head of Sector - Regional Programmes Sub-Saharan Africa and ACP) and Mr. Koen Rossel-Cambier (Programme Manager - Economics and Trade related assistance).

In attendance Mrs. Christiane Leong (Expert Multilateral Trade Issues at the ACP Secretariat), and representatives of other departments of the ACP Secretariat namely Mr. Motooa Rammoneng, Intra-ACP Projects Portfolio Management and Quality Support Officer, and Mr. Edo Yao Atsu, the financial controller.

In addition to the formal Steering Committee members, DEVCO and the ACP Secretariat, the meeting was also attended, as observers, by representatives of the two-implementing organization of Hub&Spokes II programme namely Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (Mr. Chekou OUSSOUMAN - OIF Secretariat) and Commonwealth Secretariat (Mr. Teddy Y. SOOBRAMANIEN - ComSec) who presented their respective activities and future workplans. The meeting was also attended by the Team Leader of the ACP-EU TBT Programme Mr. Junior Lodge who also presented the “good” lessons learnt in the implementation of the TBT programme.

During the meeting, the various stakeholders and observers were very positive in their remarks on the Programme’s activities over the period July-December 2016. Furthermore, the workplan for the period up to the end of the Programme Estimate 1 was approved by the Steering Committee.

The Chairman concluded the discussions by congratulating the work done by the PMU team, the commitment of the contractor of the Technical Assistance and the confirmed support of the EC in the implementation of the Programme. Finally, ASG Gnassounou closed the meeting by inviting the PMU of the TradeCom II Programme to present the state of the art of the programme implementation as well as the activities carried out on the ground during the ACP Sub-Committee on Trade meeting in March.

Programme funded by European Union at the request of ACP Group - Implemented by AESA CONSORTIUM