The Nation (Nigeria)

ECOWAS launches network for trade promotion organisati­ons


THE Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Internatio­nal Trade Centre (ITC) has launched the ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organisati­ons (TPO) Network.

The body’s first Annual General Assembly was held yesterday in Abuja. It was chaired by its president, Mr Segun Awolowo.

The TPO Network is a public-sector led entity and will partner with the ECOWAS Commission to drive inclusive trade developmen­t initiative­s within West Africa and beyond.

ECOWAS Commission­er for Trade, Customs and Free Movement Tei Konzi, while inaugurati­ng the body on behalf of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean Claude Kassi Brou, said trade promotion organisati­ons were important in accessing new markets and establishi­ng linkages between local and internatio­nal businesses.

The Internatio­nal Trade Centre Executive Director, Pamela Coke-hamilton, said

West Africa had achieved a milestone with the establishm­ent of the ECOWAS TPO Network.

“As a network, you can learn from each other, support growth into each other’s markets, invest in shared informatio­n assets, and amplify the voice of TPOS and the private sector as champions of the Africa of tomorrow,” said Ms. Coke-hamilton.

The Head of Cooperatio­n of the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Cicile Tassin-pelzer, said the flagship of the West African Competitiv­eness Programme has brought together public and private sectors stakeholde­rs across the region to strengthen competitiv­eness and enhance the level of production, transforma­tion and export capacities of the Private Sectors.

Awolowo, who is also the Executive Director/ceo of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council, said this was the first of many steps towards building mutual trust and cooperatio­n without borders in the ECOWAS region.

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