TMG supported financial services initiatives and trade capacity building initiatives in its West Africa Regional Program (WARP) through the Permanent Inter-state Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) activities in regional financial services and international trade. Direct technical assistance was provided to the nine Sahelian countries: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal. TMG’s hands-on expertise focused on conducting policy analysis, promoting improved linkages between regional economic objectives and national policies, and supporting strengthening of regional integration and institutions. One of the principal objectives of the project was to encourage policies, which support the private sector and facilitate intra-regional trade. For example, CINERGIE, established at the African Development Bank, was a key institution under WARP for the promotion of financial services, private sector development and trade capacity building in Africa. The West Africa Enterprise Network (WAEN) also worked closely with WARP and utilized WARP interventions and support in promoting its private sector and trade policies and activities.