African Cross Border Trade group woos Nigerian Shippers’ Council
The African Association of Cross Border Trade has called for collaboration with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, especially in terms of trade facilitation among member states of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS. This is with a view to expanding trade within the region and enhancing compilation of trade statistics on cross border trade.
President of the Nigerian chapter of the West African Association of Cross Border Trade, Agro-Forestry, Pastoral, Fisheries products and Food, Mohammed Abdullahi made the call during a familiarisation visit to the Council’s headquarters in Lagos recently.
Speaking on the proposed collaboration, Secretary of the association, Salami Nassiru said the purpose of the visit was to formalise trade in West Africa, minimise smuggling as well as promote the trading on Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS products and generate statistics of commodities traded in the sub-region.
Executive Secretary/ CEO of the Council, Hassan Bello, who received the delegation, assured them of the Council’s readiness to partner the association, pointing out that the proposed areas of collaborations are in line with the Council’s statutory mandate.
Represented by the Council’s Director, Consumer Affairs Division, Chief Cajethan Agu, Bello said the two Border Information Centres at Seme-Krake border and Jibia-Maradi border were established by the Council to provide on-the-spot assistance like enlightenment and trade information to cross-border traders.