Ministers in charge of Industry and Quality in West Africa are to meet in Accra, Ghana, this week to consider and validate several documents including the strategy for implementation of the West Africa Common Industrial Policy (WACIP 2015-2020), designed to facilitate the industrialization of the region.
A lot of work has been done, since the adoption of WACIP by ECOWAS leaders in July 2010, 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.
A statement from WCOWAS said the ministerial session will be preceded by an experts’ meeting, also in the Ghanaian capital.
The main objective of the meetings, it stated 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.
The statement added that the expected outcomes of the meetings include “validation of the Revised Strategy for Industrial Development (2015-2020); an ECOWAS Industrial Database and Information System framework; Support for the implementation of the third-phase of the West Africa Quality Programme; Validation for adoption of the ECOWAS Harmonized Standards (ECOSTAN).
“The documents on the ECOWAS Industrial Forum/Exhibition and the Ministerial support to the Agro-value chains; support to Construction Industry value chains development initiatives; support to Industrial Cluster Development and Upgrading of Industries will also be validated.”
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.
Also expected are representatives of regional and continental organizations – UEMOA, African Union and the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) and the West African Health Organization – as well as regional business associations.

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