West Africa Business Trade and Investment Conference
With 15 countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo – the region is home to a population of 245 million people, with 65% living in rural areas.
Eight of these countries – Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo – are members of the West Africa Economy and Monetary Union (WAEMU), sharing a common currency, central bank, development bank, regional stock exchange, and banking regulator.
However, the region’s economic growth has averaged only 2.5% in the past three years, while its population has grown by 2.2% annually. Economic growth of about 6-7% a year would be required to meet the goal of cutting extreme poverty in half by 2030.
- To unlock the region’s vast and untapped economic potential, it is necessary to generate and build wealth reserves from within. The West Africa Trade and Investment Conference is designed to explore several strategies that will help promote existing projects and unlock wealth in the region. The event will bring together the finest projects, thought leaders, opportunities, networks, and linkages.
Expected participants at this conference include multilateral agencies, government officials, corporate leaders, trade professionals, community leaders, executive directors, major donors/funders, entrepreneurs, innovators, start-ups and MSMEs, and senior staff/board members. Join us for this conference to discover the trade and investment opportunities available in West Africa and learn how you can contribute to the region’s economic growth.
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