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The Private Sector Convening on CAADP Implementation, June 17-18, 2009, Dakar, Senegal

June 18, 2009

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and the NEPAD Secretariat brought together representatives of the public and private sectors, including famer organizations, the development partner community, and civil society from June 17 to 18, 2009 in Dakar Senegal, to propose a framework for integrating the private sector into the CAADP agenda.

The workshop aims to create specific public-private alliances in the areas of:

(i) smallholder-friendly value chain development through enterprise growth and finance in major commodity sectors to boost economic growth and competitiveness;
(ii) regional and domestic market development through policy reforms, institutional innovations, and infrastructure investments in order to raise supply, improve quality, and reduce the cost of moving modern inputs and products across local and trans-border markets; and
(iii) institutional development and capacity building to overcome tariff and technical barriers to accessing global markets.

More information available here (French).

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