West Africa Business Association (WABA)

Comité pour l'Afrique occidentale

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History

May 1956, London (UK), as West Africa Committee (WAC), on the initiative of a number of firms with substantial commercial interests in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and the Gambia. Area of interest currently includes littoral countries from Senegal to Angola, plus Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad and Central African Republic. Merged with Southern Africa Business Forum (SABF) into Business Council for Africa (BCA), Apr 2009.

Aims

Assist members to transact business successfully in the sub-region to the benefit of both members and the countries in which they are active.

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Activities

Main areas: 'Information' - sourcing and dissemination of information on the countries comprising the region, covering commercial, economic and political intelligence via confidential, economic and political reports and regular business briefings, including VIPs; 'Networking' - promotion of networking opportunities for members, drawing together offshore businessmen, their counterparts in the West, Central and Southern Africa and luminaries in the region's governments and public sectors; 'Influence' - propagation of the views of members on improving the business environment in the region to both local and offshore governments and lobbying of these governments and international organizations on behalf of the collective membership; 'Help' - practical assistance to members doing business in the region, including administrative problems (eg visas and airport pick-ups), specific business arrangements (eg interventions, often at Ministerial and Ambassadorial level) and access to certain advantageous arrangements in local hotels; 'Promotion' - positive promotion of member companies.

Structure

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Languages

English, French.

Financing

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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Publications

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Members

Members in 13 countries
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Type I Classification

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Type II Classification

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Subjects *

  • Commerce
    • Business Enterprises

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

UIA Org ID

D0145

Last News Received

2008
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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