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Trade between West African countries to increase by 20%

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Trade between countries in West Africa is to increase by 20 percent following the construction and completion of three joint border posts to easily link countries.

Ghana, a beneficiary of one of the joint border posts has hers located at Noepe to link Ghana and Togo, which represents about 70 percent of the sub regions total trade transit.

The two others are between Benin and Niger in Malanville and one between Nigeria and Benin in Seme-krake.

The post will reduce the duplication of Border checks, duties and will help in the fight against harassment, extortion and reprehensible practices along the borders.

The ECOWAS Commission is working to ensure strict compliance with the axle load policy agreed by member states.

Since 2011, West African countries have been implementing the ECOWAS axle load protocol standards, aimed at protecting West Africa’s road infrastructure from degradation by overloaded vehicles. These came to light at the 4th Steering Committee meeting for the 10th EDF transportation facilitation project ongoing in Ghana.

Commissioner in Charge of Infrastructure at ECOWAS, Pathe Gueye, indicates that protocols among other things limit six-axle trucks at the ports and along the West African corridors to a load of up to 60 tonnes per transit journey.

Currently, only Ghana is complying with the protocols, a situation that is making Ghana lose millions of cedis annually and encouraging extortion at the ports.

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