Home » RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED AT THE 35TH ORDINARY SESSION OF COUNCIL OF BUREAUX OF THE ECOWAS BROWN CARD SCHEME

The Council of Bureaux of the ECOWAS Brown Card Insurance Scheme has held its 35th Ordinary Session from the 30th of October to the 1st of November 2018 in Banjul (The Republic of The Gambia).

The Permanent and Alternate Representatives of the National Bureaux welcome the good atmosphere which has prevailed throughout the various working sessions and adopt the following Resolutions:

Resolution N°1: The Independent Auditor’s Report and adoption of the 2019 Budget

Council, after hearing the independent auditor’s report on the financial statements of the financial year that ended on the 31st of December, 2017, unanimously approved it.

After hearing the presentation of the draft budget for the year 2019 presented by the Chairman of the Finance and Administration Committee, the Council adopts the said budget both in terms of income and expenditure pegged

( for Members)

Resolution N°2: Activity Report

Having heard the presentation and discussion of the activity report of the Executive Committee for the period covering the 15th of October, 2017 to the 30th of October, 2018, the Council unanimously adopted the said report.

Resolution N°3: Arbitration Guide and Bilateral Convention

 Upon examination of the arbitration guide and the bilateral convention, the Council adopts the said documents unanimously with amendments to the arbitration fees and the amount of settlement as contained in the Inter Bureaux Agreement.

Resolution N°4: Database on Cross-border Claims

The Council notes with regret the lack of an updated database on cross-border claims and underlines the need for this to be put in place. To atone for this shortcoming, and to provide the Scheme with a database, which is essential for making reliable decisions, the Council instructs the Secretary General to work together with the National Bureaux and the National Insurance Commissioners so that an updated and reliable database on cross-border claims can be developed as soon as possible. Finally, the Council recommends that the National Bureaux forward to the Permanent General Secretariat, not later than the 10th of the month after the quarter, the data on the management of cross-border claims taking into account the following:

The number and list of Insurance Companies that are members of the National Bureau

  • The overall turnover of Insurance Companies that are members of the National Bureau
  • An overview of reported claims
  • An overview of settled claims
  • The outstanding claims vis-à-vis the National Bureau
  • Number of brown card ordered and used during the period
  • The number of bilateral meetings held
  • Payments made during bilateral meetings
  • Payments received during bilateral meetings
  • Difficulties encountered by the National Bureau
  • An overview on the setting up of various funds established by the Protocol

Resolution N°5: Digitization of the Brown Card

Based on the report of the Second Zonal Meeting held in Lomé, as well as on the vision of the Council as inscribed in the five-year strategic plan, the Council decides to extend the pilot phase of the digitization of the Brown Card to French-speaking members starting with Côte d’Ivoire with effect from 2019.

Resolution N°6: Lifting of Sanctions on Liberia

In view of the regulations made, the payment plan proposed and respected to date, the commitments and efforts made by the leaders of the Liberian National Bureau to comply with the obligations of our Institution, the Executive Committee asks the General Assembly to lift the sanctions against the Liberian National Bureau at the 7th Extraordinary General Assembly held in Dakar in April 2018.

Considering the reasons advanced by the Executive Committee, the Council of Bureaux decides to lift the sanctions imposed on Liberia.This decision is to take effect immediately. However, the sanctions will be immediately reinstated without recourse to a decision by the General Assembly (Ordinary or Extraordinary) if Liberia defaults on the payment plan.

Resolution N°7: Procedure for election

The General Assembly requested the Executive Committee to come up with election guidelines that would govern the election procedures of the Council of Bureaux.

 Resolution N°8: Election of the Members of the Executive Committee

Having noted the end of the mandate of the members of the Executive Committee and in keeping with the procedures relating to the election of new members, the Council unanimously approves the election of the following persons as members of the Executive Committee:

  • YEHOUENOU Armand : BENIN
  • DJANIE L. Godfried : GHANA
  • FOFANA Mohamadou : MALI
  • OFORI Justice : GHANA
  • AYEVA Lymdah Ouro : TOGO

 

Resolution N°9: Election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman

The Chairman congratulates the outgoing Chair, Mr. Souleyman Cissé, for the excellent work that he accomplished during his tenure.

The Council unanimously approves the election of Mr. DAWDA SARGE as Chair. The Deputy Chairmanship of the Council of Bureaux falls on Senegal.

 Resolution N°10: Date and venue of next General Assembly The General Assembly agreed to hold the next Annual General meeting in Dakar, Republic of Senegal during the third week of October 2019.

Vote of Thanks

The General Assembly express gratitude to the Minister of Finance for the special interest he demonstrates in the ECOWAS Brown Card System. The Assembly appeals to the Minister to convey to the President of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Mr. ADAMA BARROW, their sincere gratitude for his immeasurable support and, to the people of The Gambia, for their hospitality.

Vote of Thanks

The General Assembly express gratitude to the Minister of Finance for the special interest he demonstrates in the ECOWAS Brown Card System. The Assembly appeals to the Minister to convey to the President of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Mr. ADAMA BARROW, their sincere gratitude for his immeasurable support and, to the people of The Gambia, for their hospitality.

 Done in Banjul on the 1st of November, 2018

The Chairman of the Council of Bureaux

 CISSE Souleymane