Trade Hub-ProFAB team advance ETLS scorecard development

At the request of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Trade Hub and the Food Across Borders (ProFAB) program are developing a framework for a scorecard for member states to evaluate their own progress in implementing the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS). From July 17-19, a proposal writing team—consisting of the Hub’s… Read More

Cereals forum draws sector representatives from across Africa and Europe

More than 200 cereals sector stakeholders from West, East and Southern Africa, as well as several European countries, came together at a conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso at a forum organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The Trade Hub contributed financially to the program, which included officials… Read More

SMEs look to bridge the information gap to boost regional trade and access global markets

From October 31 to November 4, 47 regional small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) convened in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to share the challenges of growing their businesses and accessing international markets. This included specific conversations with officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and West African Monetary Zone (UEMOA) on how SMEs can… 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

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

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