Laurent Bossard

Laurent Bossard

Director, Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD)

“We should be inspired by the West African experience. Let’s be smart and patient, and pursue our work in a network, to get to know each other and to meet regularly; we shall gradually converge."

“We should be inspired by the West African experience.  For more than thirty years, the region has built a network. It understood that when we would like to strengthen co-ordination, we should foster networking, rather than creating co-ordination mechanisms. Otherwise, we will argue over who is in charge of co-ordination, who will be the co-ordinator, etc. In short, let’s be smart and patient, and pursue our work in a network, to get to know each other and to meet regularly; we shall gradually converge.”