Building Consensus

…bringing together stakeholders to raise awareness, build consensus, and increase the development orientation in technical assistance and capacity building on trade and investment

International Workshop on the reinforcement of dialogue on trade policies  

30 August – 1 September 2006
Saly, Senegal

BETWEEN August 30 and September 1, 2006, participants drawn from all the West and Central African countries, including Nigeria, gathered in Saly, Portudal, in Senegal to brainstorm on how to improve agriculture and strengthen their negotiating position as regards trading in agricultural products with the outside world, particularly at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The workshop titled “International Workshop on the reinforcement of dialogue on trade policies” was organised by the Dakar- based Conference of Ministers of West and Central Africa (CMA/WCA), attended by public and private stakeholders- including farmers organisations, researchers, policy makers, parliamentarians and journalists. It discussed trade development policies and shared available information on the role of agriculture in the socio-economic development and regional integration process among others.

The workshop was co-organised by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), through the PRIECA/AO project, Technical Agricultural Centre (CTA,) International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP), and UPA-DI.

The main objectives include (a) to share available information on agriculture’s role in socio economic development and regional integration process in West and Central Africa, (b) to appraise international talks, notably the agricultural component of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), (c) to highlight the role and part of the public and private stakeholders, especially the farmers’ organizations, professional organisations and Chambers of Agriculture (d) to involve parliamentarians and journalists in the participatory and consensual approach to agricultural and trade development policies.

List of participants

Final Report

Report 2 - West and Central Africa Seek Solution to Agricultural Problems