Lifting of tariff barriers: An ECOWAS mission (Task Force) to the General Director of Police (Côte d'Ivoire)

This mission, which is called "Task Force", is in Côte d'Ivoire since Saturday 15 April 2017. It is headed by its Excellency Djibo Salou, the former head of state of the Republic of Niger and composed of four members. This one-week mission aims at a total removal of tariff barriers and is part of the control, evaluation and application of regional regulatory texts. With a view to achieving a promotion of free movement in the ECOWAS area.

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Before this tour in Côte d'Ivoire, the members of this delegation had already visited Burkina Faso, Liberia in 2016. After this tour, the members of the Task Force plan to set sail for Ghana and Nigeria. In order to know the different levels of application of the regulatory texts in each country, the members of the delegation focused the exchanges around the reference themes of the ECOWAS summarized in thirty points in order to detect the shortcomings and take the necessary decisions.

In terms of achievements, the actors stressed, inter alia, the abolition of residence permits for migrants from ECOWAS, the application of the principle of non-discrimination in the legitimate business establishment, the creation of the national committee Monitoring the free movement of persons and vehicles, replicating the mechanism for the elimination of harassment on ECOWAS roads in member states. This, through a single point of security checks by all agencies at the point of departure and provision of the manifest for checking point of arrival to facilitate vehicle mobility.

However, the elimination of immunization card requirements (yellow booklet) for intra-regional mobility, the use of immigration and emigration forms, and the use of the ECOWAS national biometric card remain a cause for concern.

At the end of the meeting, the head of the delegation recalled that "Task Force" is an ad hoc advisory committee to resolve disputes between ECOWAS member states. He praised the efforts of the Ivorian government for the reduction of racketeering compared to the countries visited.

Daniel Assouman

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