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22 – 24 November 2017. ABIDJAN (COTE D’IVOIRE). The USAID/West Africa Regional Mission supports the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to advance their vision to create an economic union and common market. In line with this objective ECOWAS is implementing many agreements designed to support the free movement of goods and people throughout the region. In standards, CILSS and USAID/West Africa focuses on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) standards.
A sensitization workshop was organised where private sector actors and youth enterprises came together to strategize for the benefit of their corporation. It was an opportunity to better understand SPS issues that could impact negatively on intra-regional and international trade. The goal being boosting market access and economic growth in ECOWAS region and Africa at large.
The objectives of this workshop were:
- to sensitize private sector actors and youth enterprises on SPS matters,
- to share benefits and success stories on implementing SPS requirements.
- to review and document private sector and youth enterprise challenges as far as SPS matters are concerned
The following association or organization were targeted: SMEs (Two representatives per country (Member States) of private export organizations of selected priority value chains concerned Regional Professional organization of priority agricultural value chains, (e.g. ACA), Patronat such as Federation of Patronal organization of West Africa (FOPAO) Chamber of commerce Benin, Federation of West Africa Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI) Consumer associations Benin- Nigeria – Ghana- Cote D’Ivoire, Senegal, ECOWAS, / ARA ECOWAS country representative for open ceremony only. UNIDO USAID UEMOA Hub Rural USAID UEMOA Hub Rural Bureau FAO-régional AU-IBAR CILSS AGRYMET WAHO Secrétariat du Codex Alimentarius, Rome, Italie
Selection of some presentations