Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A system for certifying, standardising and promoting products from countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) has been set up in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan.
Jointly established by the European Union (EU), the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and WAEMU, the EU- funded organ would be operated by UNIDO.
Seeking to make WAEMU exports more acceptable and competitive on western markets, it would involve the setting up of several laboratories for analysing products.
The system will assess and certify not only exports and imports, but also local consumer products.
The eight countries making up WAEMU include Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea- Bissau.