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Trade Facilitation Program in West Africa

04/01/2019 - 20:34
Regional overview

The Overall objective is to contribute to the strengthening of the ECOWAS common market and the integration of the West African region into the international economic and trading systems.

Specific objectives: 

  • Improved implementation of trade facilitation measures consistent with WTO TFA commitments  at the regional and national levels;
  • Increased efficiency of trade corridors between West African countries.

 

Expected Results:

  • Trade facilitation measures improved and more efficiently implemented;
  • More efficient movement of goods along selected corridors;
  • Trade facilitation stakeholders from private sector and civil society are organized and involved in trade facilitation reforms and programs;

 

Main Results to date:

  • Decision approved in October 2017; FA signed and contracting ongoing. First Steering Committee planned for September 2018

 

Planned Activities:

  • Capacity building activities for ECOWAS and WAEMU staff and their interlocutors for the adoption of specific trade facilitation measures;
  • Support MS to implement regional instruments including the Customs Code;
  • Sensitization of OPS in MS and specific private sector operators on the ECOWAS customs code;
  • Develop monitoring framework and mechanism in ECOWAS to track and support implementation by Member States (MS);
  • Support MS to comply and implement selected article of the WTO TFA;
  • Develop regional monitoring framework to provide regular feedback and indicators of progress or lack of it in the implementation of CET;
  • Support ROs to participate and drive the harmonization and simplification of regulations and procedures;
  • Harmonization and/or mutual recognition of trade-related certificates (SPS certificates, etc) and other licensing approaches (such as food/drug approvals, etc);
  • Support introduction/improvement of risk management with the use of ICT;
  • Comprehensive and complete analysis of  customs connectivity actions;
  • Support to the acquisition and deployment of computing and interconnection infrastructure;
  • Develop a program to protect women traders;
  • Simplification of border procedures for small scale traders (with special reference to trade in perishable agricultural products and livestock);
  • Promotion of an information system on informal trade in West Africa;
  • Develop synergies with other partners to mainstream informal trade into regional trade facilitation agenda.  

 

 

 

Source of funds: 11th EDF (CRIS ref: 2015/039-046)

Total budget (EUR): 20M

Implementation period: 5 years (2017 – 2021)

Implementing agencies: GIZ, WB

Geographical region:  West Africa

 

 

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