WACQIP Brochure

The West Africa Competitiveness Programme  (WACOMP) is a partnership initiative between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union (EU). It has
a bearing on regional economic integration and highlights a commitment to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and West Africa. WACOMP is funded through a
EUR 120 million contribution from the Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) for West Africa (2014 – 2020) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).
The main economic challenges in West Africa include competitiveness of enterprises and the need for better value-chain integration at regional and national levels in order to scale up sustainable
structural transformation. The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen the competitiveness of West Africa and to enhance the countries’ integration into the regional and international trading system, including the newly established African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The WACOMP embraces the vision of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA 
III) and is also aligned to UNIDO’s mandate of fostering Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID).
The action will be carried out in the ECOWAS member states (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinee Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria,
Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo) and in Mauritania, through national components in each country, as well as a regional one. For each country, priority value chains have been identified and the type of activities selected involves a combination of long and short term technical assistance, training, coaching, equipment and studies. The country components will be implemented by selected specialized agencies or through national execution while the regional component will be led by the ECOWAS Commission with the technical assistance of the United Nations Industrial
Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC).

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