Business and the private sector is at the heart of trade. As a result, it is critical that there is a strong partnership between businesses – economic operators, and the government – policy formulators.

In recognition of this important relationship, the Private Sector is represented at all levels of West Africa’s negotiation configuration of the Economic Partnership Agreement.

Furthermore, the involvement of Civil Society, the private Sector and other non-State players, is a major pillar of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement.

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Sensitization Workshop on the EPA Process for Representatives of the Private Sector and Civil Society in West Africa. Accra, Ghana, 2 – 3 September  2010

Within the framework for concerted action put into effect by the West Africa region concerning the EPA process, the ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissions organized an information and sensitization workshop in Accra on 2nd and 3rd September 2010 for representatives of the private sector and civil society in the region.

West African Private Sector Regional workshop on the theme: Information and exchange of views for the effective participation of the private sector in the trade negotiations and EPA process. Cotonou, 4-6 June, 2007

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