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ECOWAS Ministers meet to adopt Common Industry Policy

21 April 2015, 07:49Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Ministers in charge of Industry and Quality in West Africa are to meet in Accra, Ghana this weekend to consider and validate several documents including the strategy for implementation of the West Africa Common Industrial Policy (WACIP 2015-2020).

The policy is designed to facilitate the industrialization of the region.

Since the adoption of WACIP by the regional leaders in July 2010, a lot of work has been done, mainly in the harmonization of standards of products as part of the strategy for the implementation of the ECOWAS Quality Policy (ECOQUAL), but there is still the need to address a number of identified challenges.

Kalilou Traoré, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion, said the ministerial session will be preceded by an ongoing experts’ meeting also in the Ghanaian capital.

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 “The main objective of the meetings is for the ministers, experts, the organized private sector and other key stakeholders to examine the revised strategy for the implementation of WACIP and the related programmes. These include the ECOWAS Industry Strategy Review, ECOWAS Quality Infrastructure Programme, ECOWAS Regional Pharmaceutical Industry Plan (2014-2020); as well as the documents on the Facilitation of Industry Development through a value chain approach and competitiveness, the ECOWAS Industry Forum and the Agro-industry Cluster approach,” Traoré said.

The meetings is expected to also validate the Revised Strategy for Industrial Development (2015-2020), support for the implementation of the third-phase of the West Africa Quality Programme and Validation for adoption of the ECOWAS Harmonized Standards (ECOSTAN).

Participants at the meetings include ministers in charge of Industry and Quality of ECOWAS Member States, National industry experts, ECOWAS Standard Harmonization Technical Monitoring Committee Bureau, representatives of National Manufacturers Associations, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, technical and financial partners, including the World Bank, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) among others.

- CAJ News

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