Posted on: November 08, 2013

The ACP-EU TBT Programme organized the last 14th and 15h of November in Cotonou, Benin, a regional workshop aiming at improving cooperation in TBT and in Quality Infrastructure in the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) region. The seminar, officially opened with four speeches made by Ambassador Servansing, Team Leader of the ACP EU TBT Programme; Mrs. Daria Fane, First Secretary of the European Delegation in Benin and Director of the Economy and Commerce department; Ambassador Yaya Sow, representing the ECOWAS Commission in Brussels and by the Guest of Honour, M. Adam AHANCHEDE, Cabinet Director of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and SMEs representing the Minister.

The seminar gathered 12 of the ECOWAS Member States, the UEMOA, two technical committees (SOAC and SOAMET) and involved various key speakers such as, Mr. Massimo de Luca, Head of Economic and Trade Section, Delegation of the European Union in Nigeria; Mr. Mensan LAWSON-HECHELLI, Director of the Industry and Mine department at the ECOWAS Commission, M. Aka Jean Joseph Kouassi, UNIDO Expert in standardization and quality, Technical advisor of the Ecowas Commission.

At the UEMOA level, a number of QI regional entities already exist such as: Comité Régional de Coordination de la Qualité (CRECQ), Système Ouest Africain d’Accréditation (SOAC), Secrétariat régional de la Normalisation, de la Certification et de la promotion de la Qualité (NORMCERQ) and Secrétariat Ouest-africain de Métrologie (SOAMET) and are being replicated at the ECOWAS level under EU funding and UNIDO execution. Therefore the objective of this seminar was to present the ACP-EU TBT Programme to the ECOWAS region in order to assist the QI foundations already set and help the region towards consolidation and quickly move towards achieving international recognition.

With the support of a number presentations and discussions, the seminar succeeded to inform the ECOWAS Member States and the technical committees about: the situation of the QI sector in the region, the EU tools such as the new Export Helpdesk and the objectives of the ACP-EU TBT Programme in order to assist the QI foundations already set and help the region to quickly move towards achieving greater international recognition. 

This second seminar is a real success for the TBT Programme due to the great interest shown by the participants and the 23 expression of interests listed during the working sessions of the seminar.

Seminar presentations:

- Opening Statement of M. Adam AHANCHEDE, Cabinet Director of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and SMEs >> download document

- West African Quality Programme presentation >> download document

- ECOSHAM presentation >> download document

- EU Export Helpdesk presentation >> download document

- PMU Request Form presentation >> download document

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