Taking ETLS compliance message to southern Mali

The Hub’s Transport Specialist, Mr. Kossi Dahoui, contributed expertise to a road show organized by the Borderless Alliance  and the USAID-funded Food Across Borders program in Sikasso, southern Mali. Participants numbering about 70 included government officials, representatives of women traders associations and exporters and importers of agricultural produce as well as officials of partner projects… Read More

Benin becomes fourth West African country to drop trade barrier at Hub’s urging

In direct violation of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS), the certificate of origin (COO) requirement hinders the free movement of agricultural goods across West African borders. The Trade Hub’s direct advocacy efforts have helped eliminate this requirement in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, and now, Benin. This month, the Government of Benin agreed to… Read More

Hub’s efforts bear fruit as Certificate of Origin requirement dropped in Togo

The Trade Hub’s efforts to ease regional agricultural trade received a major boost in mid-October when Togolese authorities issued a circular to make it illegal to ask for a certificate of origin for agricultural commodities at the country’s borders. Demanding certificates of origin for fresh staple crops—often a pretext for demanding a bribe—violates the ECOWAS… Read More

Anti-corruption campaign underway with Trade Hub backing

The Trade Hub’s transport partner, the Borderless Alliance, successfully installed six billboards in April in Ghana along the Tema-Ouagadougou trade route to Burkina Faso, as part of its campaign to abolish road harassment along the corridor. The billboards, funded by the Trade Hub, send the message (in French and English) that truckers need to comply… Read More

Transporter compliance training in Burkina Faso to ease livestock trade

The Trade Hub and its transport partner, Borderless Alliance, held a day’s compliance training for Burkinabe livestock traders and transporters on March 3 in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. About 100 traders and transporters, who bring livestock to coastal markets in Ghana, participated in the training, which contributes to the Hub’s strategy of reducing… Read More

Trade Hub and Borderless Alliance announce anticorruption billboard campaign

Coming soon to billboards along Ghana’s main north-south corridor: Bribery is Illegal. Both the Giver and the Taker are Guilty. To Avoid Road Harassment, Be Compliant! Transit Trade Benefits Ghana and its Neighbors – Break the Cycle of Corruption on our Roads. Beginning February 29, the Borderless Alliance (BA), a Trade Hub partner, will roll… Read More

One less burden for regional food trade in Côte d’Ivoire

Breakthrough: In northern Côte d’Ivoire, exporters of food crops in the Bouake region will no longer have to provide certificates of origin for agricultural commodities as they cross borders as stipulated in the “Note de Service” or policy circular 01 of March 2015. Though contrary to the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS)—approved decades ago to… Read More

Road governance improves along major regional trade route

Mr. Obiri Yeboah

Update: Checkpoints along Ghana’s central corridor drop by 36% during a year of advocacy West Africa’s roads have long been plagued by checkpoints—official and unofficial stops that slow cargo transport. Slowly but steadily, illegal checkpoints are disappearing from Ghana’s central transit corridor, a major route for cargo to and from Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger—thanks… Read More

Support for the resumption of OPA activities

Trade Hub’s Trade and Transport Enabling Environment Team and Borderless Alliance held a meeting with the Director of Land and Maritime Transport of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) to discuss and agree on support to revive data collection for the Observatoire des Pratiques Anomale (OPA). The meeting was in response to UEMOA’s… Read More

Making the deal for cross-border grain trade

The deal looked like an easy win for intraregional trade: In January 2015, Ghana’s Premium Foods, one of West Africa’s largest commodity traders, agreed to buy 20,000 metric tons (MT) of white maize from Centrale des Producteurs de Céréales (CPC) of neighboring Togo, which buys from 1,000 cooperatives representing 21,000 farmers. When the first tranche… Read More

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