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Call for applications – WACOMP ICT SMEs and tech startups in the ECOWAS region


The European Union-funded West African Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP) aims to boost the region’s competitiveness and improve ECOWAS and UEMOA Member States’ integration into the regional and international trading system.

The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are the implementation agencies for the regional portion of the WACOMP program, alongside the ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissions.

The WACOMP seeks to increase regional integration amongst the 15 ECOWAS countries as well as Mauritania by capitalizing on growth opportunities and strengthen product competitiveness in selected value chains:

  • Textile and garments
  • Mango and cassava
  • Information and Communication Technology (IT or tech sector).

By applying to this call, you will have access to:

  1. Diagnostic of your company’s export potential by an expert
  2. Online/offline training on export promotion and the development of a resilient business plan
    for your company
  3. Online/offline training on the preparation and follow-up to B2B meetings & trade fairs (inclusive
    of training certificates)
  4. Visibility for your company across the ECOWAS market and abroad
  5. Support to attend the WEST AFRICA CONNECT 2021 & 2022. The first regional B2B event
  6. will tentatively take place in November 2021 and will focus on the textile/garment and ICT
  7. sectors. The second one will take place in 2022 and will focus on the mango/cassava and ICT
  8. sectors. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the modalities of the events (virtual, physical or
  9. hybrid) will be determined in the next coming months.

Your company must be:

  1. Headquartered and registered in one of the ECOWAS/UEMOA countries or Mauritania
  2. An Information Technology (IT) Company specialized in Enterprise Software, Mobile
    Applications, IT training services, or an IT Enabled Services (ITES)/Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Company, or a digital technology startup with a focus on agritech, or textile & garments
  1. Equipped with a website or online webpage Export-ready companies that have already experienced working with clients outside their own country are warmly encouraged to participate. Applications from youth-owned/led and women-owned/led companies are also highly encouraged.
    Companies/start-ups that provide incorrect information in the call for applications might be excluded from the selection process.

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The submitted information will be assessed by the WACOMP team and experts.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday 4 May at midnight.
If you have questions or want to report problems with the form, please contact Martin Labbé at
labbe@intracen.org or Haifa Ben Salem at hsalem@intracen.org


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