Experts meet on ECOWAS Air Company, Shipping Line

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Sixty experts in communication, transport and tourism from the 15-nation ECOWAS, began a meeting Wednesday in Cotonou on the memorandum for the establishment of a private Air Company and a Shipping Line for the region.
Delegates said the meeting is also discussing the ECOWAS Brown Card on travels within the Community.
The experts are to review the execution of the remaining sections of the regional road transport programme and propose layouts for new Community roads.
Benin's Justice Minister Joseph Gnonlonfoun, underscored the significance of transport facilities to the economic prosperity of ECOWAS States.
"If it is true that efforts can be noted here and there in the sector, it is important to stress that these efforts are not sufficiently significant in the face of the huge task that remains to be accomplished," he said.
The ECOWAS transport policy, which covers road, railway, air and sea sub-sectors, is aimed at improving infrastructure and harmonising legislation to ensure free movement of people, goods and services within the sub-region.

25 july 2001 22:06:00

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