African Institutions Establish Joint Support Office on Climate Change and Infrastructure

12 May 2011: The African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Commission for Africa (UNECA) have launched a Joint Secretariat Support Office (JSSO) to support common African policy positions vis-à-vis the donor community and global fora, such as the G20 with regard to infrastructure development and climate change.

The JSSO will be coordinated by Mauritania's former Ambassador to the US, Ibrahima Dia. The Secretariat will address the need for strengthening cooperation and synergies among AUC, AfDB and UNECA regarding adequate infrastructure development to support regional integration and trade among African countries.

JSSO will leverage the development expertise of the three institutions and serve as mechanism for consultation and monitoring project implementation. It will also work together with the planning and coordinating agency of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) to increase synergies and avoid duplication of efforts. [UNECA Press Release]