By Nse Anthony-Uko
(Sundiata Post) – The drive towards establishing quality infrastructure to enhance trade competiveness of the ECOWAS sub-region globally received a boost on Thursday, as stakeholders move to validate the industrial Database for use within the region.
The West Africa Quality System Programme (WAQSP) stakeholders, at a 2-day workshop in Abuja for the validation of the draft framework document for the implementation of the ECOWAS quality and industry database, prior to the adoption of the Database by the Ministers of Trade and Industry of the ECOWAS member countries.
Representing the EU, The Head, Health, Nutrition and Resilience Section, European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Jen’s Hoegel, said the data quality infrastructure programme would focus on key aspects of the economy of the West African sub-region.
He stated that with the sum of €12m assigned to the project, it would help improve the overall competitiveness of the Economic Community of West African States.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (MITI), Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, sought the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and other development partners to increase the level of trade within the West African sub-region.
The Minister, who was represented by Director, Industry, MITI, Dr Francis Alanene stated this at the opening session of the regional information workshop for the validation of the draft framework document for the implementation of the ECOWAS quality and industry database.
The minister emphasised the importance of database to industrial development, adding that the workshop would assist to address the industrial challenges facing the region.
He said, “This initiative to establish the ECOWAS quality and industrial base is a welcome development in the region. By accurately recording industrial data, updating and tracking such data on an efficient and regular basis, nations will have the opportunity to address their industrial challenges.
“This tool will be helpful in strengthening technical capacity for conducting industrial surveys, maintaining, updating business registers and to carry out data analysis of industrial performance. The document will be a veritable tool for industrial development and the drive will definitely transform the economy of the region and reposition the industrial sector of each member state.”