cisséThe African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS) has become a member of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union.

The President of ACSIS-SCASI, Dr. Cisse Kane, was recently sworn in on behalf of his organization at the African Union (AU) General Assembly held in March 2017, in Cairo, Egypt.

According to Dr. Kane, the swearing-in ceremony held on 27 March 2017 in the presence of the 87 AU ECOSOCC members from all African countries and the African Diaspora, AU CIDO officials and the Egyptian authorities.

The General Assembly of the ECOSOCC of the African Union is an opportunity to recall the importance of this institution as a major organ of the AU through which, the African Civil Society contributes to the smooth running of the African Union.

The ECOSOCC General Assembly is an opportunity for the membership of this institution with several major resolutions:

  • Steps towards the establishment of the ECOSOCC headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia;
  • The creation of the national co-ordinations of the AU ECOSOCC
  • Appropriation and sensitization of African peoples on the AU 2063 Agenda
  • The adoption of the Strategic Plan of the ECOSOCC

The members of the ECOSOCC must be ambassadors for the popularization of the policies of the African Union and its vision of the Agenda 2063. Thus, a presentation of the main organs of the Union Strategic Planning, which produced the 2063 Agenda. In addition to President Cisse Kane, other members of ACSIS were represented at this august assembly: Abdurahman Hasan Said, Youth Association for the Fight against Aids and Poverty, Djibouti; Djibrine Amalkher, Nirvana Organization for the Promotion of African Women and Youth Chad, and Cyrille Guel, EducommunicAfrik, Burkina Faso.

cereùonieThe President of ACSIS took over from ACSIS and Pan-African Summit on Digital Economy and Sustainable Growth to be held in Chad. This ACSIS initiative has attracted considerable attention from the ECOSOCC members who have decided to support it.

ECOSOCC GA was the opportunity for ACSIS to meet with Ahmed Esmat, ACSIS focal point for Egypt.
ACSIS members during ECOSOCC: C. Guel, A. Esmat, A. Djibrine & C. Kane

At this meeting, ACSIS joined the Human Resources Science and Technology Working Group, chaired by the Libyan Abdurrahman Moctar (Chair of FONGAF). This cluster held a working session in the presence of Cissé Kane, Djibrine Amalkher, Cyril Guel and Ahmet Esmat.

Members of the ECOSOCC HRST Cluster in Cairo

The President of ACSIS took the opportunity to reiterate his request to the ECOSOCC endorse the Pan-African Summit on the Digital Economy. Thus, the members of the HRST Cluster unanimously and enthusiastically decided to include the Pan-African Summit in N’djamena as one of the priority initiatives to be carried out within the framework of the ACSIS-ECOSOCC collaboration.

Ugandan Richard Ssewakiryanga, Uganda National NGO Forum, The General Assembly of the ECOSOCC of the AU.

groupPresident Joseph Chilengi and the members of the outgoing executive committee, to the CIDO officials and to the Egyptian authorities for their warm welcome and the quality and success of the event.