The ECOWAS infrastructure Projects Preparation and Development Unit (PPDU) is definitively established in Lomé, Togo since October 2014. This was the result of a long preparation since the creation of the Unit, in January 2005 by the ECOWAS Council of Ministers.
Following the establishment of the Unit, the ECOWAS Commission committed itself to fund the PPDU with $US 8,684 million for the first five years as operation budget and $US 10 million for the Infrastructure Fund.
On August 19, 2011, the ECOWAS Council of Ministers adopted the Regulation C/REG.5/08/11 relating to the denomination and the establishment of the rules for the functions, organization and mode of operation of the PPDU. Thereafter, about ten (10) staff were recruited through an open and competitive selection process.
Previously, a Headquarters Agreement was signed on September 10, 2010 between ECOWAS Commission and the Togolese authorities on behalf of the PPDU.
Following the staff placement in July 2014, a mission led by His Excellency Dr. Toga McIntosh, Vice-President of the Commission, the Commissioner for Infrastructure and the Director of PPDU, was in Lomé in early September to discuss with Togolese authorities and EBID about the setting up and equipment of PPDU. EBID agreed to provide offices to PPDU as they did for the Community Computer Centre (CCC), the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF), and the ECOWAS Brown Card.
The PPDU is an ECOWAS Specialized Agency which is in charge of the preparation and development of regional infrastructure projects (Transport, Energy, Water and ICT)