Committee: Eleven qualified candidates join the General Assembly
The Credential Committee (CC) of the Economic Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) met in
Hilton Ramses, Cairo, Egypt from 17-19 December 2016 to examine and appraise the
applications submitted by the African civil organizations members of the 2nd ECOSOCC
General Assembly. The meeting was chaired by the Head of the CC, Mrs Nagwa Metwally.
The meeting took place ahead of the General Assembly scheduled for March 2017, as
per the decision of the ECOSOCC Standing Committee that highlighted what needs to be
achieved before the GA Meeting, including the finalization of the Strategic Plan, the Code
of Ethics and Conduct, the Rules of Disciplinary Committee, rules of procedures of the SC
and the elections of new members in the GA.
The Credential Committee meeting was attended by all the members representing the
five African regions and representatives of the African Union Commission Departments
involved previously in the ECOSOCC elections process.
The meeting considered more than fifty (50) CSOs applications coming from the
following twenty one (21) Countries: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania,
Seychelles, Kenya, Sudan, Senegal, Guinea, Niger, Togo, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Cote
d'Ivoire, Ghana, Gabon, Cameroun, Congo, Chad and Libya.
Eleven (11) applications has been considered as successful and it was decided that
the qualified candidates will join the next meeting of the General Assembly as new members
after finalizing the necessary procedures.
The Credential Committee encouraged Civil Society Organizations from African Union
Member States under represented or not represented at the General Assembly to apply for
membership. In this regard, it was decided that the reception of new applications will be
accepted till the 31st January 2017. At the end of this period, another meeting of the
Credential Committee will be decided to review the set of applications received.
Source: African Union Commission (AUC).