Second Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum opens in Niamey

Wednesday, 2019, July 17

Niamey, 16 July 2019 - The Second Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum for Regional Cooperation on Stabilisation, Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development opened on Tuesday, 16 July 2016 at the Conference Room of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Niamey.

The Meeting aims, inter alia, to continuing discussions initiated during the First Governors’ Forum in 2018 and the related process as an efficient and credible mechanism for regional cooperation and the coordination of efforts towards the implementation of the Regional Stabilisation Strategy, Rehabilitation and Resilience of the Lake Chad Basin as adopted by LCBC member countries and the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.

By deciding to meet to reflect on progress and remaining challenges since the last meeting, on the one hand, and on the other hand to identify the major strategic priorities for each of the three federated states, 2 provinces and 3 regions of the Lake Chad Basin. With the official launch of a Fund for the Stabilization of the Lake Chad Region, a financing mechanism for regional cooperation on stabilization, peacebuilding and sustainable development, this forum is therefore becoming formal.

About 300 participants, including the governors of the eight most affected states, provinces and regions of Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad, as well as representatives of civil society organisations, technical and financial partners, are taking part in these discussions, which will be opened by Mr Brigi Rafini, Prime Minister of the Republic of Niger.

In May 2018, the governors of the Lake Chad Basin Region most affected by the Boko Haram crisis met for the first time in Maiduguri, Nigeria, to discuss common challenges and possible policy measures to address the crisis. This unique regional initiative of countries sharing centuries-old historical, cultural, socio-economic and environmental ties, in order to promote regional dialogue on cross-cutting cross-border challenges and the coordination of joint actions and solutions, also included the participation of civil society representatives from the four countries bordering Lake Chad, donors, regional and international organizations, national armed forces and the Multinational Joint Task Force of the Lake Chad Basin Commission. It led to the establishment of the “Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum for Regional Cooperation on Stabilization, Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development”.

It comprises the governors of Adamaoua, Borno and Yobe States (Nigeria), Diffa and Zinder regions (Niger), Lake and Hadjer Lamis regions (Chad), North and Far North regions (Cameroon), the Governors’ Forum has thus become a formal framework for cooperation and exchanges that meets annually to discuss the challenges and issues around Lake Chad