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Trading Up: ECOWAS Case Study

ECOWAS is financially self-sufficient. This provides immense capacity to lead and implement policies and programs that benefit intraregional agricultural trade. Supported by an evolving institutional framework, the REC has created an enabling environment for intraregional trade that facilitates access to finance, attracts investment, and ensures fair competition, in tandem with a judiciary to settle investor–government disputes. Dedicated efforts to harmonize quality standards and a reduction in transit time along key trade corridors are strong signals for expanding agricultural trade and regional integration.