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The Institutions of the Mano River Union and their Functions:

In furtherance of the objectives of the Union, the following institutions were established:
The Union Summit of Heads of State and Government which is the supreme institution of the Union;
The Union Ministerial Council;
The Union Technical Commissions;
The Union Secretariat


The Union Summit of Heads of State and Government:
The Union Summit of Heads of State and Government is the supreme institution of the Union. The Summit shall convene as and when deemed necessary to deal with matters submitted to it by the Union Ministerial Council.

The Union Ministerial Council:
The Union Ministerial Council comprises Ministers responsible for Planning, Development, Economic Cooperation, Finance, Education, Trade, Industry, Agriculture, Transport, Communications, Energy, Natural Resources and Works in the Member States. Other Ministers of Member States may attend Meetings of the Council when matters of interest to them are on the agenda.

The decisions of the Union Ministerial Council shall be by consensus and such decisions shall be resolutions which:

Make recommendations to the Union Summit of Heads of State and Government;
Make recommendations to Member States for certain actions to be taken;
Give directives to the Secretariat and other subordinate Institutions.


Technical Commissions of the Union:
Technical Commissions were proposed to be established with responsibilities in the respective areas/sectors below:

Trade and Industry;
Agriculture, Forestry and fisheries;
Transport and communications;
Education, Training and Research;
Finance and administration;
Energy and Natural Resources;
Peace and Security.

The Commissions shall comprise of Officials of Governments and Professionals designated by the Member States. They will examine issues relative to their respective fields on their initiative or upon directive of the Union Ministerial Council or at the request of the Secretary General. The Commissions shall meet at least once a year but may hold Special meetings as and when necessary based on outcome of technical consultations or requests from Member States.

The Mano River Union Secretariat:
The Union Secretariat is the technical and administrative instrument through which the Union pursues its noble objectives. The Secretariat, in collaboration with the institutions of the Union and with support from donors and development partners, prepares strategic plans for the Union; oversee the formulation of projects and programmes in support of the plan as well as their implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reports preparation; plans for and facilitate the holding of meetings of the institutions of the Union; approve projects and programmes in support of the objectives of the Union; represent the Union at various fora geared towards the political, social and economic development of the sub region; and mobilizes resources in support of projects and programmes for the Union.
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