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Country Brief

Niger is a LDC and the geographically largest country in West Africa. Its economy is essentially based on internal markets, subsistence agriculture, and the export of raw commodities: food stuffs to neighbouring countries and raw minerals (uranium especially with AREVA) to world markets. Niger is a member of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as an eligible country for assistance under the Enhanced Integrated Framework.

The Nigerien government in its new national development plan (PDES) has highlighted the private sector and trade as major potential motors of the country’s economic growth. The government has recently requested ITC assistance for the elaboration of a consolidated program aiming at boosting Niger’s trade performance in specific sectors such as onions and dried meat (kilichi), especially in regional markets.

Export potential

Notes: Top 20 products listed in decreasing order of their export potential to the world. Development indicators are relative to the country’s current situation, green indicating performance above its trade-weighted median and red otherwise. A blank cell indicates that data are not available. A blank cell in export potential means that the product was not consistently demanded over five years by any country in the respective region. Exports (US$ thousand) correspond to average exports to the world over the period 2009-2013.