Seventh country drops bureaucratic requirement in West Africa

The Gambia became the latest West African country this fall to abolish the requirement of certificates of origin (COO) for agricultural traders, thanks to year-long efforts of the Trade Hub and its Gambian partner, the Association of Farmers, Educators, and Traders (AFET). The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officially eliminated the COO requirement… Read More

ECOWAS study on trade corridors offers holistic approach to resolving regional trade barriers

About 70 delegates — comprising government and private sector subject matter experts from member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), officials of the ECOWAS Commission, the UEMOA Commission, regional organizations and development partners — met in Abidjan on October 30 and 31 to review and validate the draft final report on… Read More

At final training, Senegal readies to implement WTO-TFA

The last in a series of workshops for Senegal’s National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) drew 36 participants from government, private sector and civil society to validate and finalize preparations to implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA). As with previous workshops over the past year, the four-day workshop on September 19-22, 2017, was… Read More

Trade Hub supports ECOWAS to achieve long term improvement in transport corridors

On September 25-26, the Trade Hub hosted a regional workshop in Accra to validate the interim report outlining a proposed ECOWAS Regional Strategy and Action Plan on Corridor Management and Development. The two-day workshop brought together 56 regional and international experts and government officials from the logistics, transport and trade sectors to deliberate issues related… Read More

ETLS scorecard development moves forward, looks to accelerate intra-regional trade

On August 28, Trade Hub staff met with representatives from the ECOWAS Commission and other regional stakeholders at Trade Hub offices in Accra to move forward with the development of the ETLS Scorecard.  Since November 2016, the Trade Hub has been collaborating with the Food Across Borders (ProFAB) Project to create a simple but effective… Read More

Hub survey quantifies time and cost spent on West African trade barriers

Certain administrative barriers to trade in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been eliminated on paper for decades. But the gap between policy and reality has meant that those trading agricultural staples across West African borders are still asked for certificates of origin (COO) despite these being rendered moot under the ECOWAS… Read More

At final meeting, Côte d’Ivoire prepares to manage WTO-TFA implementation

  The last of four workshops for the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) of Côte d’Ivoire validated and finalized their preparations to implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA). Organized by the Trade Hub and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Aug. 15-18 meeting in Grand Bassam drew 30… Read More

Impact of Administrative Barriers on Time and Cost to Trade in West Africa – August 2017

This study recommends next steps to end officials’ practice of requiring traders to obtain certificates that are not officially required. It includes a scorecard, educational campaigns, operational changes, and suggested incentives and sanctions. Open PDF

Guinea and Mali become latest West African countries to drop costly trade barrier

At the Hub’s urging, the governments of Guinea and Mali have agreed to formally drop a moot requirement that traders of staple crops and livestock produce Certificates of Origin (COO), which adds time and costs to trade throughout the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In direct violation of the three decades-old ECOWAS Trade… Read More

Communication, marketing and fundraising strategy of Borderless Alliance enhanced

Djembe Communications, the firm hired by the Trade Hub to support Borderless Alliance (BA) to revamp its visibility, communications, marketing and sustainability strategy, has successfully completed the work. Through this assistance, Djembe updated BA’s communication strategy, audited BA’s website and social media channels, reviewed its communication materials and identified fundraising opportunities. At the end of… Read More

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