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Meeting on obstacle on free movement of goods under ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS), 11 -12 November 2019

The meeting was attended by the National approval committee from ECOWAS 15 member states, private sector, civil society members and all stakeholders of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme.

At the meeting the ECOWAS Commission represented by the commissioner for trade, customs and free movement on behalf of the president of the Commission thanked all stakeholders for their commitment towards the implementation of the ETLS and their support towards the realization of the Regional Free Trade zone.

The Directorate of Customs Union and Taxation made presentations on the challenges experienced by the scheme as extracted from the survey obtained from member state concerning their recurrent issues in the operationalization of the scheme while providing various conflict management strategy as a panacea for the various obstacles experienced by implementers of the ETLS.  Other facilitators of the ETLS like GIZ AND Borderless Alliance commended the efforts of NAC members, Customs officers, from member state as well as those linked to the suitability of the scheme.

The Directorate also gave an overview of the achievements of the scheme for the year 2019 regarding the various participation of member’s state with respect to enterprise and product registration. Indicating that, there was an increase of 90% for products registered from 2018 to 2019. Member states where encouraged and reassured that the ECOWAS commission with its Partners would ensure that more activities to improve the effective and efficient implementation of the   ETLS in member state would be doubled in 2020.

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