TWENTY-THIRD (23rd) SESSION OTHE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE OF SENIOR OFFICIALS AND EXPERTS (23rd ICE) FOR WEST AFRICAEach year, the ICE brings together high-level decision-makers from Member States to discuss economic and social performances and make recommendations to States and other development stakeholders. Furthermore, the ICE is the statutory framework to whom Member States have to direct, supervise the elaboration and the implementation of the work plan of the Office. In this regard, the ICE ensures that activities carried out by the Office align neatly with sub-regional and national priorities, while making suggestions related to economic and social development in the sub-region. These recommendations are tabled before the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development for review and decision. The ICE is hosted each year, at its request, by a Member State from the sub-region. Consequently, the 23rd Conference of the West Africa ICE, to be held in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, will take place virtually from 26 to 27 November 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with the hosting country. The main theme of the ICE is: “Maximizing Investments to Optimize Demographic Dynamics in a COVID 19 era: The Imperative of Building Back Better”. This ICE Conference will be preceded by an ad hoc and virtual meeting of think-tanks enlarged to include national experts, which will take place from 24-25 November 2020 under the theme: “Generational Economics and Structural Transformation amid COVID-19 in West Africa”.