The aim of the meeting is to discuss on which issues and through which modalities to better coordinate international partner interventions and align with regional agendas to contribute to inclusive economic development.
The present meeting is a direct follow-up, aiming towards identifying issues and modalities to improve donor coordination on regional trade in West Africa. Improved donor coordination could be better aligned with those policies, protocols and ambitions of regional organizations, in particular the regional economic communities (ECOWAS and UEMOA) and reflect a multi-stakeholder consensus on actions to be taken in line with the interests and incentives of different stakeholder groups and at different levels.
The donor meeting focuses on donor involvement and how donor coordination could contribute towards inclusive economic growth through more effective use of resources. The morning sessions will be backwards looking with a focus on past and current support areas in the following sectors and existing coordination/cooperation mechanisms: (1) reforms needed to make the transport sector more efficient, (2) trade facilitation, customs reforms, joint border posts and corridor efficiency and (3) informal trade (with a specific focus on agriculture and women traders).
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