By Modinat Makinde
Towards boosting trade in the West African sub-region, Barrister Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), has stated that countries in the region would benefit more when they comply with the approved trade standards and rules.
He charged all stakeholders to work towards ending issues of trade barriers.
Bello stated this in a welcome address on Thursday March 14, 2019 on the occasion of the Borderless Alliance workshop and launch of ECOWAS Trade Liberlisation Scheme (ETLS) handbook in Lagos.
Represented by the Director, Consumer Affairs of the Council, Chief Cajetan Agu, Bello called for synergy between the public s and private sectors to achieve the necessary cost effectiveness in doing business in the sub-region.
“Removing obstacles to intra-regional integration in the ECOWAS sub-region would be particularly beneficial to the small-scale traders that conduct cross border commerce within the sub-region.
“It is our belief that if relevant stakeholders and authorities comply with approved standards and rules, barriers to trade would automatically ease off and pave-way for seamless operations at our borders. The public and private sectors should therefore synergize to achieve the necessary cost effectiveness in doing business in the sub-region,” said Bello.
Bello commended the Borderless Alliance and UKaid for developing ETLS Handbook which is a compilation of documentation requirements needed to transact cross-border trade.
The handbook identifies common barriers facing cross-border trade stakeholders for specified products