Video. Second team of task force established for free movement in ECOWAS area

#Ivory Coast : Head of State Roch Marc Christian Cabore presides over this Tuesday, December 14, 2021 in Ouagadougou, the founding ceremony of the new management team of the ECOWAS Task Force.

The founding ceremony of the new management team of the Community Space Task Force (ECOWAS) on the Trade Liberalization Plan took place this Tuesday, December 14, 2021 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), in the Multipurpose Room of the Presidency of Faso.

Chaired by the head of state of Burkinabe, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, it involved a handover between the first and second team, which typically consisted of seven members. It is led by Mohammed ibn Chambas and its mission is to work to remove barriers to the effectiveness of the free movement of people and goods in space.

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“For the past ten years, especially in our region, Nigeria and the Sahel countries have been subjected to repeated attacks, which have forced member states and community organizations to harden citizens’ movements. Covid-19 The health systems and protocols adopted by the states to contain the spread of the pandemic, which appeared in 2020, have also not facilitated the free movement of people and goods, which is the basis of the free movement ” declared a president of Faso .

The president of Faso also invited the new team to work “so that the pillar of unification, which is free movement, is effective in all our states”.

“The Task Force under the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme, the main operating tool in the trade facilitation in the West African sub-region, was created by regulation on November 25, 2015 with the mission of ensuring the effectiveness of the free movement of people and goods in the community sector. In particular, through arbitration and amicable settlement of disputes between Member States, as well as through pleadings and arbitrations with the political authorities of the States, he took note of the recall.

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Other speeches also punctuated the ceremony. For the chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Cassie Brau, the free movement of people and goods is a prerequisite for improving inter-community trade, which is below expectations given the potential of the countries of the ECOWAS region.

Mohamed ibn Chambas, the chairman of the new team of the task force, said he had taken a measure of responsibility. He made a commitment with the other members to take up the challenge.

The outgoing team was congratulated for having learned how to locate the grooves to strengthen the free movement of people and goods in space.

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