Nigeria: Regional free movement forum to be held in Ouagadougou

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 100 stakeholders from ECOWAS member states will converge in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from Thursday (3 July) for a Regional Citizens Forum to consider mechanisms to address obstacles to free movement of persons and goods in the region, the ECOWAS Commission said Wednesday.

The three-day meeting is designed to acquaint participants with the problems encountered in the implementation of the Community texts on free movement, challenges facing non-state actors and then make recommendations for effective implementation of the texts.

Participants will include resource persons, representatives of ECOWAS departments involved in the free movement programme such as customs, immigration and integration services, chambers of commerce and industry, private sector, civil society, professional associations and regional institutions (ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS).

In addition to identifying difficulties in the programme’s implementation, the meeting will also make short, medium and long-term recommendations including those for the consideration of ECOWAS decision-making organs, to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the relevant texts.

ECOWAS leaders who met in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, in July 2013 underscored the need for effective implementation of the free movement Protocol by the organisation and member states, and entrusted the responsibility for monitoring this issue to President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso.

They also asked ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédroaogo to set up a task force on free movement of persons and goods.
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02 july 2014 13:46:56




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