The WACREN CEO, Dr. Boubakar Barry, participated in the 33rd CAMES Ministerial Meeting held in Dakar, Senegal, on 5-6 May 2016. His participation was proposed and facilitated by Mr. Seydou Sissouma, Commissioner for Human Development of the West African Monetary Union (UEMOA) and member of the PODWAG group established by the TANDEM project.

Mr. Sissouma stressed the value of Dr. Barry’s attendance as it would enable WACREN to address ministers in charge of higher education in the region and bring them up-to-date on WACREN activities and the AfricaConnect2 project.

During the two-day event, the WACREN CEO made a presentation at the CAMES Technical and Financial Partners’ meeting, attended by organisations such as UNESCO, UEMOA, AUF and others.

Dr. Barry also addressed the ministers providing them with insights intoWACREN, TANDEM and the AfricaConnect2 project, and insisting on how all these initiatives can significantly contribute in finding solutions to issues which were under discussion such as e-learning, access to pedagogical resources, the improvement of research output, etc.

At the end of the session and before the closed ministerial session, a proposal made by Côte d’Ivoire that a recommendation for more support and involvement from the CAMES countries was accepted and recorded in the proceedings of the 33rd CAMES Ministerial Meeting.

Dr. Barry also held individual discussions with the ministers responsible for higher education and research of Gabon and Niger respectively. Subsequently, the CEOs of GabonREN and NigerREN had individual audiences with their respective ministers to make the case for their NRENs.

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