To improve trade competitiveness in West Africa, WACOMP’s implementing partners underwent a series of technical analysis of various sectors and their value-added potentials to the region.
From October 2018 to May 2019, UNIDO and ITC have jointly undertaken a technical analysis of 10 value chains within West Africa and Mauritania (Textiles and Garments, Cassava and its derivatives, Mango, Pineapple, Shea, Cocoa, Palm Oil, Information & Communications Technology, Leather, and Cashew). The first three value chains (together with ICT as a crosscutting value chain) were selected as the regional value chains with the input of both EU and ECOWAS.
To finalize the selection, two video conference meetings between the implementing partners, EU, UEMOA and ECOWAS were organised on 21st March 2019 and 30th April 2019 to analyse and validate the draft reports prepared by UNIDO and ITC on the selection of regional value chains. These meetings were also useful to follow-up on activities being undertaken by implementing partners.