The three day meeting formed part of efforts to strengthen the capacity and operations of the Competence Centre to serve its original purpose.
In his welcome address, the Executive Director of WASCAL, Dr. Laurent Sedogo, indicated that the Competence Centre was set up to play the steering role of WASCAL, and so there was the need to ensure that it was on the right track. The Committee also paid a courtesy call on the Honorable Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Professor Michel Filiga Sawadogo.
The chairman of the SAC, Professor Jimmy Adegoke, underscored the core mandate of the Committee as being sub-committee of the Governing Board, responsible for the provision of technical advice to the Board. The visit to the Centre was, therefore, to directly interact with the scientific staff, share ideas and experiences, assess the role and place of the Centre in the overall WASCAL science plan and programme implementation. The Committee also tasked the Researchers to develop products and services that will strategically position WASCAL as a West African think-tank in Climate Change services.