West African nations urged to use regional value chains as means to diversify exports

Maintaining open value chains and predictable mechanisms to support them is key to ensure access to goods and services needed for industrial development and job creation in West Africa, Mr Eloi Laourou, Senior Advisor to the WTO Director-General, said on 11 October. Speaking at a conference co-organised by the University Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal) and Abomey Calavi University (Benin) under the auspices of the WTO Chair Programme, Mr Laourou said value chains can help West Africa foster an inclusive and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. His remarks (in French) are below.