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Industry Ministers set to validate W/Africa industrial policy

Posted: Apr 21, 2015 at 2:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Sylvester Enoghase / Senior Correspondent


Ministers of Industry and Quality control sectors in West Africa are to meet in Accra, Ghana, 24-25 April, 2015 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.

The main objective of the meetings 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.

Since the adoption of WACIP by ECOWAS leaders in July 2010, a lot of work has been done, 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.

The Acting Secretary of West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF), Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, who made the disclosure to newsmen on Monday in Lagos said that the expected outcome 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)

Rafsanjani said 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.