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ECOWAS strengthens capacity of member states

The ECOWAS commission has provided support for laboratories including one per member state for their accreditation and International recognition.

ECOWAS Commissioner incherge of Economic Affairs and Agriculture Mrs. Massandjé TOURE-LITSE stated this in Abuja while declaring open the fifth West Africa Competitivenes Programme, WACOMP strategic steering Committee meeting.

Mrs. TOURE-LITSE explained that since WACOMP commenced, it has also supported the strengthening of the certification systems of national certification organisations in member countries.

She said that the aim of the programme was to strengthen capacity and competivesness of goods and services from ECOWAS memeber states to other part of the world, without being rejected.

The team leader Green Economy Co-operation section European Union delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Inga STEFANOWICZ the the EU would continue to provide capacity building to strengthen capacity of ECOWAS member states in terms of manufacturing and services to be accepted across the world.

The West Africa Competitiveness Programme WACOMP which is funded by the European Union is aimed at providing support to selected value chains at the national and regional level to promote structural transformation and better access to regional and international markets.

The Programme was adopted under the 11th European Union Development Fund Regional Indicative Programme for a total amount of €120m, with it major objectives to strengthen the competitiveness of West African countries and also enhance their integration into the regional and international trading system.

Reporting by Hamza Alkali; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu