Training and Awareness Workshop on the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme for Business Leaders Abidjan

About thirty business leaders mainly women, are meeting in Abidjan to attend a training and awareness workshop on the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS).

The opening ceremony of this workshop, that take place from 28 to 29 March, was attended by the representative of the Minister of African Integration and the Ivorians of the Outside, the Director of Cabinet, Mr. Stéphane Aka Anghui And the representative of ECOWAS, Dr. Yamar Mbodj Executive Director of the Rural Hub. There was also the Director of Enda-CACID (African Center for Trade, Integration and Development Dr. Cheikh Tidiane and Ms. Marie Andrée Tall, President of AAFEX.

Indeed, the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme for Business Leaders (SLEC) is implemented by the countries but its application is ineffective. It is not fully operational and its potential for trade development is not realized.
However, careful observation of success stories, economic successes and positive experiences in trade between countries shows that SLEC is not only the basis of important commercial successes. But it also represents a significant potential for the development of regional trade.

For these reasons, the Program Food Across Borders (ProFAB) decided to raise awareness of private sector actors on ETLS in order to totally or partially reduce the lack of information and knowledge that prevents companies from using this instrument effectively.
This is why this workshop is held in order to train and sensitize economic operators on the various technical and operational aspects of ETLS. For the participants the will present and analyze  the commercial issues as well as the advantages of the ETLS. Over the the 2 days meeting, economic operators, particularly women, will identify, document and address the difficulties they generally encounter in the regional market. They will have to expose and share success stories and good practices related to the implementation of ETLS.

This workshop will ultimately contribute to the creation of a critical mass of operators controlling the ECOWAS trade liberalization scheme for business leaders and able to advocate for its effective implementation in the countries of the ECOWAS.

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