ECOWAS LAUNCHES REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL MARKET WEBSITE The ECOWAS Commission has launched a website for the West African Market
Information Systems Network (WAMIS-NET), to provide stakeholders with up-to-date
and accurate information on the 400 rural and urban agricultural commodity
markets in the region.
Speaking at the launching ceremony in Abuja, on Wednesday, 3rd July 2013, the
ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Dr.
Lapodini Marc Atouga said the Network will contribute to the promotion of food
security, poverty reduction and facilitate intra-regional trade in agricultural
The Commissioner, represented by the Acting Director of Agriculture, Mr. Alain
Sy Traore, said the Network seeks particularly to facilitate commercial
decision-making by providing stakeholders with equal access to strategic
information through effective data management and communication system.
The Commissioner urged stakeholders to ensure the success of the website through
regular updates with current information.
In his speech, WAMIS-NET Coordinator, Mr. Salifou B. Diarra said the Market
Information Systems have spread from six to 10 ECOWAS Member States - Benin,
Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal and Togo.
He said the new website www.resimao.net, would assist in the monitoring of
developments in the agricultural sector through collection and publication of
relevant statistics and analytical reports.
Mr. Diarra expressed gratitude to partners, particularly the ECOWAS Commission,
and the former and present Directors of the Commission’s Community Computer
Center (CCC), Dr. Monisoye Afolabi and Mr. Osei Tutu Agyeman-Duah, respectively,
for facilitating the successful establishment of the Network.