Cabo Verde

ECOWAS: Strengthening agri-food trade in the region through institutional coordination and business support
Contact
First name
Yared
Last name
Befecadu
Email
befecadu@intracen.org
Body

Video

26 March 2024

<p>The project aims to support the organizational capacity, technical skills, service portfolio and analytical tools of regional and national organisations to improve the understanding and management of agri-food related policies and services in the ECOWAS region by:</p><ul><li><a name="_Hlk117017537">Strengthening the ECOWAS Commission coordination process and instruments related to agri-food trade;&nbsp;</a></li><li>Designing sustainable and gender sensitive agri-food trade facilitation instruments;</li><li>Improving the service portfolio of businesses support organizations to better serve the needs of agri-food businesses involved in regional trade</li></ul>

Type
Project
Date
-
External ID
C232
Highlighted
Off
Supportive business ecosystem: Institutions and Ecosystems for Business Support
Contact
First name
Saskia
Last name
Marx
Email
marx@intracen.org
Body

Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p><a name="_Hlk155357558"><span style="color: rgb(97, 189, 109);">Business support organizations (BSOs) are critical actors in an ecosystem of business support, categorized by the formal and informal connections among service providers that recognises and takes advantage of shared objectives and complementary strengths.</span></a></p><p><span style="color: rgb(97, 189, 109);">ITC has developed a unique centre of excellence in the establishment, improvement and connectedness of business support organizations. This work with BSOs is embedded as a core service area for ITCs strategy and recognises the role that BSOs play in delivering results to all stakeholders through their ability to create scale, systemic change and sustained results</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(97, 189, 109);">In this strategic cycle (22-25), ITC will continue to serve a broad range of BSOs including those active in ITC&rsquo;s priority impact areas of youth entrepreneurship, green trade, digitalisation and gender, with managerial and operational solutions, but also invest more in ecosystem level interventions, and make use of digital channels for efficiency, scale and value.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(97, 189, 109);">This docu<span>ment sets out a 4-year perspective (2022-20225) and 4 strategic objectives for supportive business ecosystems with, specific outputs and activities describing the year-on-year contribution of W1 funding to the strategic core service area 2.</span></span></p>

Type
Project
Date
-
External ID
C130
Highlighted
Off
ECOWAS: West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP)
Contact
First name
Yared
Last name
Befecadu
Email
befecadu@intracen.org
Body

Context

Expanding West African trade 

The goal of the International Trade Centre (ITC)’s West African Competitiveness Programme, or WACOMP, is to increase regional integration through trade. To that end, we focus on promoting conducive business environments and greater participation of the private sector in a public-private dialogue on trade policy.   

In the regional programme we concentrate on improving micro, small and medium-sized enterprises’  (MSMEs) access to secure investments and improving their regional reach. We also work to advance production and processing in the agro-food industry. 

To improve business performance and value chain connectivity, we are reinforcing national Trade and Investment Support Institutions as well as supporting the ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organisations Network to share best practices and insights.  

Business tools 

We are expanding the use of ITC technological tools to gather comprehensive information in the region. The Trade Obstacles Alert Mechanism (TOAM) identifies existing trade obstacles to ensure the regional flow of trade improves once these obstacles are addressed.  

ITC has also embedded the ECOWAS trade map tool (ECOTIS) in the ECOWAS Commission’s website to assist with tracking trade performance and capitalize on potential trade opportunities in the region.  

With its user-friendly interface and up-to-date information, the West African Competitiveness Observatory serves as a monitoring tool on the competitiveness of West African countries and the region. It supports policymakers in the region to better define policies that foster competitiveness and value chain development. The observatory also supports local firms, small and medium enterprises, to establish and participate in regional value chains.

The West Africa Competitiveness Observatory includes three modules.  Competitiveness is the first module, and the beta version was launched in May 2023. Policymakers can monitor trade competitiveness and its drivers, providing comprehensive insights into trade dynamics. The second module is the upcoming Regional Value Chain Module which will furnish detailed information on sectors to empower businesses and policymakers to increase participation in regional value chains by identifying growth opportunities. The third and upcoming module is the Business Matchmaking Module. It will facilitate connections between companies, promote collaboration and expand market reach to enhance competitiveness in the region.

Overall, the WACOMP Observatory serves as a catalyst to enhance competitiveness, drive innovation, and foster a conducive business environment across the region.

Testimonials

The first training session was a mind-opener to the growth opportunities that exist in other African markets. My team looks forward to learning more on how we can build resilience as we scale up.
The first training session was a mind-opener to the growth opportunities that exist in other African markets. My team looks forward to learning more on how we can build resilience as we scale up.
Kwesi Kwofie
DATAWARE
Above all, the trainings have enabled us to see our strategies from a new angle, consider export possibilities, and to think about different scenarios. Today, with our selection, which my team and I are very proud of, we hope that the tools that will be made available to us will enable us to further strengthen our strategy and be able to sell in the sub-regional market.
Above all, the trainings have enabled us to see our strategies from a new angle, consider export possibilities, and to think about different scenarios. Today, with our selection, which my team and I are very proud of, we hope that the tools that will be made available to us will enable us to further strengthen our strategy and be able to sell in the sub-regional market.
Aichatoun Amadou Toure
CODESIGN
Through the WACOMP trainings, we discovered insidious actions that we were carrying out without much attention. This has led us to review our commercial approaches. I appreciate the open-mindedness of the facilitators and participants as well.
Through the WACOMP trainings, we discovered insidious actions that we were carrying out without much attention. This has led us to review our commercial approaches. I appreciate the open-mindedness of the facilitators and participants as well.
Fabrice Sonzahi
AFRIX
ITC's Trade Obstacle Alert Mechanism platform (TOAM) will improve Nigerian exporters’ competitiveness, should challenges be adequately addressed. More sensitization and advocacy programs on initiatives like the TOAM should be conducted to the benefit of women entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
ITC's Trade Obstacle Alert Mechanism platform (TOAM) will improve Nigerian exporters’ competitiveness, should challenges be adequately addressed. More sensitization and advocacy programs on initiatives like the TOAM should be conducted to the benefit of women entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
Angela Ajala
African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program AWEP

Videos

Resources

Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p><span>The overall objective of the regional programme is to &lsquo;&rsquo;Strengthen the competitiveness of West Africa through an enhanced level of production, transformation and export capacities of the private sectors in line with the regional and national industrial and SME strategies&rsquo;&rsquo;. The specific objective is &lsquo;&rsquo;to improve the performance and growth of selected priority sectors and value chains and related services by stimulating their contribution to industry, regional trade and exports&rsquo;&rsquo;. The intervention of ITC in the form of the West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP) will entail the implementation of the activities related to&nbsp;</span><span>the promotion of better regional linkages among selected value chain, support to</span>&nbsp;<span>key regional intermediary organizations, the reinforcement of industrial competitiveness in the region, and the establishment of the West African Competitiveness Observatory and related business tools.</span></p>

Type
Programme
Projects
Guinea: Relance de la filière ananas (REFILA)
Sénégal: Programme d'appui à la Compétitivité de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (PACAO)
Sierra Leone: West Africa Competitiveness Programme
Date
-
External ID
B537
Highlighted
On
Sub-Saharan Africa
Contextual menu
Show
Body

While multi-dimensional poverty remains high in sub-Saharan Africa, the continent's high growth rates and youthful demographics make it an attractive investment destination. Big opportunities exist to create jobs, boost incomes and reduce poverty by connecting African small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to international trade and increasing local value addition to Africa’s assets in agrifood, manufacturing and services. ITC’s emphasis on digital connectivity and the green transition is helping transform digital landscapes across Sub Saharan Africa with our support to tech startups and tech hubs.

Geographic priority (for relations)
Header color
Cyan
External ID
SSA
Import hash
-1872015724
Small island developing states
Contextual menu
Show
Body

ITC recognizes that small island developing states (SIDS) face an unique set of challenges, particularly their vulnerability to external shocks. ITC works with SIDS to improve their export performance through regional collaboration, focused sectoral programmes, institutional support and strengthening the private sector. We also assist these states to trade mainly agricultural products that are attractive to niche markets that demand products proven to be sustainable economically, socially and environmentally.

Geographic priority (for relations)
Header color
Cyan
External ID
G58
Import hash
-788407405
Africa
Contextual menu
Show
Body

ITC’s One Trade Africa initiative supports the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), empowering African enterprises, especially women- and youth-led businesses, to access market opportunities from continental integration. The initiative is an integrated package of technical assistance solutions that ITC is offering to the African business community operating in both the formal and informal sectors.

Region (for relations)
Header color
Cyan
Import hash
1598349695
External ID
RAF