ECOWAS ministers to hold virtual session on reopening borders


The ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with the West African Health Organization (WAHO) will organize a virtual meeting of sector ministers on the reopening of land borders in the region to facilitate the free movement of people.

The sector ministers in charge of regional integration, interior, trade, health, transport and finance of the Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) should therefore meet virtually on December 6, 2021 to deliberate on measures to ensure the coordinated, safe, secure and orderly reopening of borders in the region.

The ministers should validate the report and the recommendations of the technical experts who set out the essential practical modalities to be put in place for the implementation of the ECOWAS COVID-19 directives on hygiene measures for the gradual and coordinated reopening of borders. .

ECOWAS and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), through their member states, have committed to reopen borders to facilitate the movement of people and goods, and to define measures to revive regional trade and supply chains between Member States.

The gradual reopening of borders, already initiated by the States, requires good coordination between the States and the territorial actors in charge of border control in order to apply the community texts on the free movement of people and goods within the framework of the existing health and safety crisis.

Recall that the 59th Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS instructed the ECOWAS Commission to work with Member States and the West African Health Organization (WAHO) on modalities to accelerate the safe reopening of land borders. during the pandemic in accordance with the ECOWAS Harmonized Guidelines for the Free Movement of People and Goods.

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