The West Africa Competitiveness Programme was adopted under the 11th European Union Development Fund (EDF) Rehttps://myfreeslots.netgional Indicative Programme for an amount of €120m.
The programme aims to support several selected value chains at national and regional level to promote structural transformation and better access to regional and international markets, while taking into account social and environmental concerns. Its objective is to strengthen competitiveness of West African countries and enhance their integration into the regional and international trading system. To reach this overarching goal, the programme will work to:
The programme, which is aligned to support the implementation of the West African regional policies and programmes, including the West Africa Common Industrial Policy (WACIP), West Africa Quality System Programme (WAQSP) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Private Sector Development Strategy, will be instrumental in creating the foundations and promoting access of West African countries to the EU External Investment Plan (EIP).
The Programme has 16 National components and 1 regional component. Each country is individually responsible for the implementation of its component and the ECOWAS Commission, with the support of West Africa Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU/ UEMOA) Commission, is responsible for the implementation of the regional components and for the coordination of the programme through a programme overall steering committee to be convened once every year. A number of reputable implementing partners will support implementation at the country and regional levels.