Strengthening competitiveness in West Africa

In a response to strengthen competitiveness and improve the overall business environment in the West African region, UNIDO has been entrusted by the EU as implementing partner of the West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP) for eight project components, of which one regional, the West Africa Competitiveness and Quality Infrastructure Project (WACQIP), and seven national covering Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Cabo Verde and Senegal.

WACOMP is funded through a 116-million euro contribution under the 11th European Development Fund and this programmatic initiative between the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and the European Union with the support of the West Africa Economic and Monetary Union Commission (UEMOA) includes 1 Regional Component and 16 Country Components. This common vision between UNIDO, the EU, ECOWAS and other implementing agencies and partners translates into a tangible cooperation in the 16 West African countries through the WACOMP.

With a portfolio of 31 million euro, UNIDO is one of the main implementing agencies of the WACOMP and is working to make sure that West African economies are becoming more competitive, dynamic, inclusive and sustainable to meet trends of today and tomorrow and to respond to global challenges such as climate change and epidemics.

Learn more about UNIDO’s components under the Programme via video in English here and French here.

For further information contact Bernard Bau (b.bau [at]