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Training of Private Sector Actors on the Use of the Digital Platform Started in Burkina

As part of the PACAO project financed by the EU, the Ministry of Trade received Technical Assistance for 12 packages and a mission. Training workshops were held to familiarize private sector actors with a digital platform facilitating State-Private Sector dialogue. The training aimed to encourage platform use, streamline CODESP meetings, and enhance dialogue transparency.



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As part of the implementation of the Competitiveness Support Project in West Africa (PACAO) financed by the European Union, the Ministry in charge of Trade benefited from Technical Assistance through the implementation of 12 packages and a mission.

To this end, packages 1 and 8 relate to awareness raising and training of stakeholders on the use of the digital platform whose mission is to facilitate State-Private Sector dialogue.

For the popularization of the platform and for its effective implementation, a series of training workshops were organized in several regions, for the benefit of private sector actors, on April 2nd and 3rd, 2024, it was the turn of the sector actors private from the Eastern region to benefit from this training on the use of the digital platform.

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For two days, private sector players in the East became familiar with this new tool which allowed them to acquire knowledge in the matter in relation to four (04) major modules which are:

The use of the digital platform for State-Private Sector dialogue; The code of good conduct for the use of the platform; The complaints management mechanism on the platform; The conclusions on the evaluation of the first three editions of the Consultation and Orientation Framework for Dialogue (CODESP.)

At the end of this training workshop there will be impacts very positive for private actors; Encourage massive use of the platform; To streamline the process of organizing CODESP meetings; And to boost the State: private sector dialogue.

To involve all stakeholders in the implementation of the recommendations resulting from the CODESP meetings Consultation and orientation framework for State-private sector Dialogue (CODESP)

The training of private sector actors on the use of the digital public-private dialogue platform is of capital importance in the sense that it aims to enable private actors to master the Code of good conduct and its mechanisms, in particular on the management of complaints and on the conclusions of the study on the evaluation of the first three years of existence of the Consultation and Orientation Framework for State-Private Sector Dialogue (CODESP.)

The expected results at the end of this workshop:

Will encourage massive use of the digital platform by private sector players; streamline the process of organizing Government private sector meetings (registrations and submission of concerns to be discussed will be processed via the digital platform, edition of entry badges, etc.);
boost public-private dialogue by strengthening its permanent nature and transparency in the management of concerns raised (possibility of sending concerns outside of meetings via the platform website, consulting the processing status, etc.);

Will also involve the follow-up of the recommendations resulting from the Government private sector meetings for the General Directorate of Business Promotion (DGPE) (the focal points of the administrations will interact via the platform to plan and report on the implementation of the recommendations).

At the end of this training, the representative of the consular delegation of the East, Madame Zabsoré born Lompo Marguerite expressed her joy and gratitude to the first officials of the Ministry of Industrial Development, Commerce, Crafts and small and medium-sized businesses as well as PACAO for initiating this platform which came at the right time; in the sense that it will allow good communication between the State and the private sector, allowing private actors to open up to opportunities.

Mr. Ouedraogo Aboubar, regional director of industrial development, commerce, crafts and small and medium-sized enterprises, says he is satisfied with the holding of this training which allowed a wide dissemination and popularization of the digital platform.

He also said he was satisfied with the mobilization of the actors who showed the interest they gave to this training, and urged them to take ownership of this tool which is essential for the business world; therefore it is in their interests to register on the platform and use it as it should be; which will allow them to improve the business climate and establish a frank and direct dialogue between the State and the private sector.


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