WACREN held its first Annual Conference and second AGM in Lomé, Togo

WACREN has successfully held its first Annual Conference and second Annual General Meeting on 13 – 14 March 2014 in Lomé, Togo. They were preceded by a meeting of the Board of Directors of WACREN on 12 March 2014.

Approximately 60 participants participated in the event, including representatives of NRENs in West and Central Africa and members of the education and research community.   Delegates from continental and regional organizations such as the Association of African Universities, the African Development Bank, ECOWAS and UEMOA also participated in the events.  WACREN partners (DANTE, IRD, NSRC and RENATER) were also present.  UbuntuNet Alliance’s CEO sent a goodwill message.

The opening session of the conference was chaired by the Minister of Higher Education and Research of Togo, and high-level officials such as NREN Board Chairs, Permanent Secretaries and Special Advisers at Ministries of Higher Education and Research in the region also participated in the conference and AGM.

Important resolutions were passed during the Lomé events, including:

  • “All WACREN General Meetings to be public; all members of the larger community duly registered for participation can attend these meetings and contribute to the discussions”; and
  • “Minutes of Board Meetings and reports of General Meetings are to be made public on WACREN website for access by the community”.

The discussions during the AGM have led to the revision of the WACREN membership structure, with the aim at allowing wider participation.  

WACREN membership categories are now: NREN Members, Associate Members, Corporate Members and Partner Members.   There is a “Premium” option for the Associate and Corporate membership categories.

The next WACREN Annual Conference and AGM will be held on 11 – 13 March 2015.