Taking ETLS compliance message to southern Mali

A representative of the local government in Sikasso welcoming participants to the event. Photo credit: The Borderless Alliance

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 including Comité Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse au Sahel (CILSS).

During a panel discussion, Mr. Dahoui explained the importance of eliminating the requirement of the Certificate of Origin (COO) for unprocessed agricultural products traded among ECOWAS Member States. At the same time, he added, traders must be trained to carry proper documentation for these goods, including commercial invoices, phytosanitary or zoosanitary certificates, and customs declarations.

Meeting these requirements would improve compliance with the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme—clearing a path to a free-trade zone for West Africa—and reduce harassment of traders, which would lower time and costs of intra-regional trade in agriculture.


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