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Study on the coherence of trade policies in West Africa: Synthesis


The new synthesis of the study funded by the Agence Française de Développement and conducted by the Gret examines the coherence of trade policies in West Africa. The question of coherence is important at different levels: between national and regional trade policies, between trade policies and sectoral (agricultural, industrial) policies both at the national and regional levels, between regional organisations (WAEMU, ECOWAS), between trade policies and the commitments made by West African States at the WTO. What are the problems related to the coherence of trade policies? What have been the solutions brought so far? What recommendations could be done to strengthen the coherence of trade policies? Those are the main questions the study aims to deal with. The analysis is based on many interviews conducted with the relevant stakeholders (institutional, economic operators) in three countries (Burkina Faso/ WAEMU, Nigeria/ ECOWAS, Senegal) and at the WTO Secretariat.


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