Benin-Nigeria joint control post to be inaugurated on Tuesday

Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The presidents of Benin and Nigeria will on Tuesday inaugurate the joint control post of Sèmè-Kraké, located 30 km east of Cotonou, a statement by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said.

Patrice Talon of Benin and his Nigerian counterpart, Muhamadu Buhari, who is also current chairman of ECOWAS, will inaugurate the 18.286 million euro post funded by the European Union.

It is expected to contribute to the facilitation of border formalities between the two countries in the context of the regional protocol relating to the free movement of persons and goods which constitutes the base of regional integration.

The statement said the border post is of great strategic importance as it is located on the Abidjan-Lagos corridor which represents 70% of the transit trade in the sub-region and is also an integral part of the trans-Africa highway network.

It said the implementation of joint control posts by ECOWAS is to ensure better trade facilitation, thanks to the combination of customs clearance activities in the same place, with a view to achieve economies of scale, simplify customs procedures, increase the cooperation and coordination of controls, encourage the sharing of data and information and strengthen the fight against fraud.

The construction of the Sèmè-Kraké post is also part of the regional programme for transport facilitation adopted by the 26th ECOWAS Conference of Heads of State and Government held in 2003 in Dakar, Senegal.

The regional programme for transport facilitation aims particularly to reduce of poverty,  improve regional transport services, reduce transport and transaction costs, promote inter-regional and intra-regional trade, facilitate the movement of people, goods and services as well as promote the West African integration.
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