Donors and partners
West Africa Connect is implemented as part of the West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP).
WACOMP is funded by the European Union and aims to strengthen the competitiveness of the West Africa region and enhance the integration of ECOWAS and UEMOA Member States into the regional and international trading system.
Alongside the ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissions, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are the implementing agencies of the regional component of the WACOMP programme.
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West Africa Competitiveness Programme
The West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP) aims to strengthen the competitiveness of the ECOWAS region and enhance the integration of ECOWAS Member States into the regional and international trading system. The programme is funded by the EU and administered by the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a 15-member regional group with a mandate of promoting economic integration in all fields of activity of constituent countries. ECOWAS fosters the ideal of collective self-sufficiency. As a trading union, it is also meant to create one, large trading bloc through economic cooperation.
Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine
The West African Monetary and Economic Union (UEMOA) was established in 1994. One of UEMOA’s goals is to strengthen the economic and financial competitiveness of the Member States in an open and competitive market environment within a streamlined and harmonized legal context.
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The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union consisting of 27 member states that, together, cover much of the continent. What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organization spanning policy areas, from climate, environment, and health initiatives to external relations and security, justice, and migration.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its mandate is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition and work towards improving living conditions in the world’s poorest countries by drawing on its combined global resources and expertise.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the only development agency that is fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This means that the agency enables SMEs in developing and transition economies to become more competitive and connect to international markets for trade and investment.