Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission President, Jean-Claude K. Brou has expressed worry over challenges the West African sub-region is facing with regards to free movement of persons and goods despite giant success made.
According to the Commission President a lot of progress has been made compared to other regional blocks, stressing that ECOWAS has dealt with the issues of visa.
He further pointed out that the sub-regional community lawmakers do see challenges “citizens” of the West African sub-region face the harassment, as the Parliament has embarked on trips across member states to assess the situation on the ground during their field trips.
He added that this is something that should be worked on, the Commission is playing its role and the member states are those who are implementing the regional regulations hence the need to work together.
In addition, the Commission did not want to go into details in its report, there are a lot of tariffs but we say we do not pay duties when goods get to the borders, “there are duties put in place which are not recognised at the community level but in reality traders are told they have to pay”, when he was responding to questions on the floor after presenting state of the Community to lawmakers.
Mr. Jean-Claude K. Brou pointed out Regional Integration is one of the priority for forming the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), this is to bring trade economic growth.
Source: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Abuja