Business Environment

In 1975, West African states established ECOWAS as a first step toward integrating the regional economy. Simplifying and harmonizing trade policy will help make West African companies more competitive in world markets. The Trade Hub is working with ECOWAS to implement a Common External Tariff and is studying how well member states are implementing ECOWAS protocols, which are the foundation of regional integration.

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Borderless Conference 2013 & 2014: Call for Proposals!
Bright Gowonu - on - 6 July, 2012

The Borderless Alliance Secretariat announces a call for proposals to host the 2013 annual Borderless Conference. Borderless Conference 2013 will be the second transport and trade annual conference in West Africa, and will bring together more than 300 stakeholders from around the world...

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Border Information Center launch at Aflao and Kodjoviakope at the Ghana-Togo border
Ometere Omoluabi - on - 22 July, 2011

On Aug. 4, 2011, the first Border Information Centers in West Africa will be launched by high-level officials and transport, logistics and trade stakeholders. The event begins in...

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The ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme sets the rules for regional trade.
Gap Analysis of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme
Ometere Omoluabi - on - 2 July, 2011
Prime Ministers of Mali and Senegal meet to improve road governance, trade
Ometere Omoluabi - on - 23 May, 2011
Kayes, Mali, 21 May 2011 – The prime ministers of Mali and Senegal, accompanied by ministers from their respective governments and experts from both countries, met in Kayes, Mali, today to push for the application of reforms to facilitate trade between the two countries. USAID missions...

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How many documents, how many signatures and how long does it take to export cashews?
Lori Brock - on - 14 December, 2009

Plant cashew tree, add water, harvest crop, process, package and export. If only it were so simple! The reality is, doing business in West Africa is often more complicated than it needs to be!

Recently, the Trade Hub conducted a gap analysis across the region, attempting to find the...

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Story on Gap Analysis
Ometere Omuluabi - on - 14 December, 2009

Read the recent article describing the Trade Hub's Gap Analysis in the Trade Hub's monthly newsletter: Tradewinds.

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Why is Business Environment important to West Africa

West African states are integrating their economies, working toward a free trade area and a customs union, which will lead to more economic growth and development. The Trade Hub is helping member states and ECOWAS and UEMOA understand the opportunities and constraints to regional integration.

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