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ECOWAS moves to increase among member states

10 July 2014, 20:35

Accra - President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Kadre Ouedraogo, has called for an increase in the rate and volume of trade among member states in the sub region.

He said this would empower efforts to reach full inter-regional trade integration in West Africa.

“The needful increase of inter-regional trade will not be possible without a full application of the protocols on the free movement of persons and goods and strengthening regional infrastructure, without forgetting the improvement of the Commission’s performance, which will be the outcome of the ongoing institutional reform we have outsourced to an international firm,” he said while addressing the 45th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Accra, Ghana Thursday.

Ouedraogo further appealed to development partners to continue supporting the bloc on the basis of its priorities, in the efforts ECOWAS deployed to consolidate and amplify its attainments and to face new challenges.

Ghana President and ECOWAS Chairman, John Mahama, meanwhile urged the commission and member states to advocate for the implementation of the Common External Tariff.

He noted plans were far advanced to kick-start its operation in January next year.

“I wish therefore to take this opportunity to urge the ECOWAS Commission and Member States to ensure that, all ECOWAS citizens, especially importers, are well informed to become strong advocates and stakeholders in the implementation of the Common External Tariff,” Mahama said.

The one-day summit brought together regional Heads of State to discuss the interim report to be presented by the ECOWAS Commission’s President.

It considered updates on the security situation in the sub-region and explored ways to contain the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed more than 467 persons in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in recent weeks.

 - CAJ




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