The Chairman of the West Africa Institute (WAI) receives the visit of ECOWAS Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free Movement accompanied by the Director of Customs

Visite Commissaire Commerce CEDEAO IMG 5045 1On Tuesday, 26 September 2017, the West Africa Institute (WAI) welcomed Mr. Laouali Chaibou, Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Freedom of ECOWAS and Mr. Salifou Tiémtoré, Director of Customs.

The delegation was received by Mr. José Brito, Chairman of WAI Board of Directors of and the staff of the Executive Secretariat, Mrs. Vanilde Lopes and Mr. Renato Frederico, the Director General, Prof. Dr. Djeneba Traoré being outside the country.

After a brief presentation and formally words of thanks to the delegation for its visit to WAI Headquarters, Mr. Brito made a short presentation of the Institute: its creation, status, its Promoters and its financial situation which has yet to be consolidated. The Chairman of the Board WAI Directors also expressed the willingness and the efforts initiated to make the WAI a Specialized Agency of ECOWAS and to implement its strategic action plan.

In his speech, Commissioner Chaibou informed that his visit aimed at promoting the implementation of the Common External Tariff (CET) in all ECOWAS member States by January 2018, including Cabo Verde and Sierra Lione, representing the two remaining States that have not adhered yet.

The ECOWAS Commissioner thanked Mr Brito for all the information provided on WAI, while promising that he would bring the concerns expressed to his colleagues in the Commission. IMG 5046

The Director of Customs, Mr. Tiémtoré also welcomed the given information on the Institute, and expressed his conviction that the WAI is the institution that Africa needs. He also suggested that the Institute should be presented in Abuja for a week in order to promote its activities.

The ensuing exchanges focused on the possible scenarios to improve the regional integration process and the contribution of the Republic of Cabo Verde to the achievement of the set objectives. The two sides also addressed the main issues of the African continent and shared their respective visions for its future on the basis of their rich professional experiences.


Regarding the publications of the paper «Critical Analysis and Action Strategies» from which some copies have been offered to the two high level executives of ECOWAS, the Director of Customs of ECOWAS  noted that this kind of innovative studies were lacking in several sectors of the ECOWAS ECOWAS and that the reflections and recommendations contained in these books are of great importance to the actors of regional integration.

After nearly two hours of convivial talks marked by a high interactivity, the visit ended with exchanges of good wishes.

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