GHANA URGES FELLOW MEMBER STATES OF ECOWAS TO SHOW COMMITMENT TO A BORDERLESS SUB-REGION
ACCRA– Ghana has urged other member counties of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to show commitment to a borderless sub-region.
Ambrose Dery, Ghana’s Interior Minister, who made the call, said the rationale for forming ECOWAS, which was to have a borderless West Africa, still remained relevant and he requested member countries to show commitment to give effect to the free movement of persons and goods.
Dery made the call in a speech read on his behalf at the opening of a Training of Trainers Workshop on the ECOWAS Regional Border Management Training and Free Movement Manual here Monday.
He said that although all member countries believed there were a lot of socio-economic benefits to be derived from ECOWAS, implementation of some of the protocols adopted by the 15-nation grouping had not been successful as member states would have wished.
Undoubtedly, the success of ECOWAS is hinged greatly on its flagship protocol, that is Free Movement of Persons, Rights of Residence and Establishment, which is aimed at encouraging free mobility of persons and goods within the sub-region through the elimination of obstacles to free movement by Member States, he said.
This protocol has indeed led to the adoption of other related initiatives by member states including the abolition of entry visas; resident card, use of standardised ECOWAS Travel Certificate; Usage of ECOWAS Passport (which 14 out of the 15 Member States are using) and the implementation of the Brown Card Motor Vehicle Insurance Scheme, Dery said.
The four-day workshop, the first in the series of three, is for selected trainers of border officials from five ECOWAS member countries namely Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin and Niger.
It is being supported by the Demand Driven Facility implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development within the framework of the European Union-ECOWAS support of Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa Project.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK