ABUJA, 22 June 2012 - The Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) today accredited the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Representative for Nigeria and Regional Director for West Africa, Patrick Kormawa.
Receiving credentials from the UNIDO Representative, ECOWAS President, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, acknowledged the role UNIDO plays in promoting industrialization in developing countries, and especially the Organization’s activities in West Africa.
Ouedraogo said that without industrialization West Africa cannot become competitive in international trade and that the Commission will continue to work with UNIDO to promote industrial development in the region.
Ouedraogo also noted the ongoing collaboration between UNIDO and ECOWAS in implementing the West Africa Quality Programme (WAQP).
Patrick Kormawa thanked the ECOWAS President and the Commission for supporting industrialization as a means to wealth and job creation. He noted that the greater part of non-oil export revenues of the sub region originate from agro-based produce and expressed hope that the UNIDO-ECOWAS partnership will help strengthen export competitiveness of ECOWAS Member States.
Kormawa is the first UNIDO Representative to be accredited to the ECOWAS.
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