Nominated technical staff attended a 5-day workshop from October 31 to November 4, on Result- Based Management (RBM) oriented Project Cycle Management (PCM) to improve their management of project cycles using suitable tools and approaches to track progress and achievements.
The training was held at the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) which hosts the Executive Secretariat of the ECOWAS TPO Network.
The workshop was organized to train front-line management staff from ECOWAS member countries in identifying crucial service delivery aims in a project while considering organizational limitations in resources and capabilities. The goal is to equip the technical staff of the Networks with sustainable practices in programming, identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting. The workshop aims to provide technical staff with the necessary tools for effective decision-making throughout the project management cycle.
During the opening of the workshop, Dr. Ezra Yakusak highlighted the opportunity for participants to build competence in handling multi-task assignments with impactful results. He encouraged participants to take advantage of best practices and expressed gratitude to the stakeholders for their commitment to ensuring the sustainability of the Network.
On behalf of Mrs. Massandjé Tourz-Litsé Commissioner in charge of Economic Affairs and Agriculture of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Kolawole Sofola, Ag. Director Trade, emphasized the importance of the network in accessing new markets, establishing linkages between local and international markets, and supporting value chains as targeted in WACOMP. He stated that the training would reinforce the network’s capabilities in formulating monitoring and reporting on projects, following best practices in the project management cycle.
Mr. Frank Okafor, representing the European Union, highlighted the significance of such training in helping managers develop planning tools for impact measurement. He reiterated the European Union’s continuous commitment to strengthening trade in the region, particularly through regional programs like WACOMP.
Miyoba Lubemba, ITC’s Senior Programme Officer, emphasized the importance of the TPO network in achieving economic growth and reducing poverty by enhancing the competitiveness of enterprises in national and regional trade support ecosystems. She stated that the training on Results-Based Management oriented Project Cycle Management would equip participants with the skills to optimize limited resources and achieve trade impact.
The workshop is coordinated by the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) as part of the West Africa Competitiveness Program (WACOMP).