Posté Par: Martin LevaloisApril 18, 2017In: HEADLINE , News , Africa
The Commission of the West African States Economic Community (ECOWAS) held from 18 to 21 April in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, a series of meetings on industrial development of cocoa and cashew.
In an information note, the Commission states that initially, the Committee of Experts will meet to examine the texts on quality infrastructure. A document to be submitted to the approval of the Ministers for Industry at their meeting on 21 April. On the eve of the meeting, the Ministers of Agriculture will discuss various aspects of cocoa and cashew sectors, says the note.
The general objective of the meeting of industry ministers and agriculture is to "validate both resolutions to accelerate the industrial development of cashew and cocoa in West Africa," informs the notes, adding that "the ECOWAS Commission take this opportunity to present some projects cashew and cocoa", and also the contribution of the quality infrastructure to promote agricultural value chains and especially for cashew and cocoa.
"The very small industrial base of the ECOWAS countries has very little to the formation of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with an average of 6% to 7% contribution of the manufacturing industry," says the ECOWAS Commission, justifying the context of the three meetings.
The food industry has been identified as one of four sectoral priorities for the development of the regional industry, indicated the same source.
"The level of industrial development of the regional economy has not changed significantly," says the Commission, despite the efforts of several ECOWAS Member States over the years, we read in the note.
To recall, in 2010, the "Industrial Policy in West Africa Common (WACIP) was adopted, and in April 2015, the implementation strategy has been revised.