DECISION C/DEC.2/6/86 ESTABLISHING THE ECOWAS COMMUNITY COMPUTER CENTER
THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS,
MINDFULof Article 6 of the ECOWAS Treaty establishing the Council of Ministers and determining its composition and functions ;
MINDFUL of Article 8 of the ECOWAS Treaty establishing the Executive Secretariat and determining its functions, particularly in paragraphs 8, 9 and 10 of the Article ;
MINDFUL of the decisions determining the structure and organisational chart of the Executive Secretariat and particularly of Decision C/DEC.5/11/82 of 17 November, 1982 of the Council of Ministers relating to structural matters ;
MINDFUL of the Final Report of the Council of Ministers at its session in November, 1983 in Conakry and July, 1985 in Lome ;
MINDFUL of the introduction of data processing as a means to the computerisation of certain activities at Community level through the installation in Member States of an automatic data processing system for external trade ;
CONSIDERING the importance of an automatic data processing system for the development of activities in the Community, and particularly for the establishment of the compensation system provided for by the ECOWAS Treaty, the rapid and accurate preparation of statistics for the Community, the encouragement of modernisation in customs and external trade procedure in Member States ;
CONSIDERING the progress of national projects in the supplementation of the Community computerisation programme which aims at the computerisation of the collection, acquisition and management of customs and statistical data ;
ACKNOWLEDGING the need for effective follow-up and improved co-ordination in the different services deriving from the computerisation programme ;
ACKNOWLEDGING the need for an up-to-date and rational management of Community Institutions through the computerisation of their different services ;
CONVINCED of the need for assistance to Member States of the Community, for their requirements as regards customs and customs computer training for the automatic processing of statistical, economic and financial data, and the maintenance of computer equipment ;
AWARE of the contribution that ECOWAS can make towards the integration of training programmes for upper-level staff with a view to introducing modern management techniques in activities at national level in Member State ;
CONVINCED that the establishment of an ECOWAS Community Computer Centre can play a significant role in the integration of the economies of Member States ;
ON THE RECOMMENDATION of the Trade, Customs, Immigration, Money and Payment Commission meeting from 26th to 31st of March, 1986 ;
The Community Computer Centre is a decentralised technical department within the ECOWAS Executive Secretariat, whose organisational chart will be adapted accordingly.
The terms for recruitment and salaries for professional and general service personnel and auxiliary personnel will be those applicable within Community Institutions.
OBJECTIVES OF THE COMMUNITY COMPUTER CENTRE
The Community Computer Centre has the following objectives :
The various functions of the Community Computer Centre shall be set out in greater detail in statutory form by the Executive Secretary.
ORGANS OF THE COMMUNITY COMPUTER CENTRE
The administrative and management organs of the Community Computer Centre shall be :
RESSOURCES AND BUDGET ESTIMATES FOR THE COMMUNITY COMPUTER CENTRE
In order to achieve its objectives, the Community Computer Centre shall :
The Executive Secretariat and the Fund are urged to make the necessary provisions, in agreement with organisations for international co-operation with a view to progressively and effectively transferring the Central ASYCUDA Project from Geneva (UNCTAD/UNDP) to Lomé.
Depending upon the evolution and development of the activities of the Community Computer Centre and its role in the economic integration of Member States of the Community, the possibility of setting up the Community Computer Centre as a Community establishment which shall be a legal entity and shall have administrative and financial autonomy, could be envisaged and examined.
The temporary organisation chart of the Community Computer Centre, which shall be applicable until further notice, is attached to this Decision.
The Executive Secretariat and the Fund shall be responsible, in their respective domains, for the implementation of this Decision.
This Decision shall come into force upon signature and shall be published in the Official Journal of the Community and the National Gazette of each Member State.
DONE AT ABUJA, THIS 30TH DAY OF JUNE 1986, IN ONE SINGLE ORIGINAL IN THE ENGLISH AND FRENCH LANGUAGES, BOTH TEXTS BEING EQUALLY AUTHENTIC.
FOR THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS
HON. DR. KALU I. KALU