Trade facilitation measures improved
and more efficiently implemented
The TFWA Program’s first component focuses on improving trade facilitation measures across the region. To this end, Component 1 includes capacity building to strengthen the ECOWAS and UEMOA Commissions’ ability to effectively carry out regional policy dialogue, design regional trade facilitation policies, and monitor these policies at both the national and regional levels.
- Regional trade facilitation policies and instruments developed
- Trade facilitation monitoring and implementation capacities improved
- ECOWAS Common External Tari. implemented
- ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS) improved and ECOWAS Customs Code implemented World
- Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement implemented
More efficient movement of
goods along selected corridors
The TFWA Program’s second component focuses on the efficient movement of goods, improving regional transit along target corridors. This component aims to create an enabling environment for trade in the legal, regulatory, and procedural areas. To this end, Component 2 will address how laws, policies, procedures, capacity building, technology, and consultations can make these trade corridors more efficient.
- Customs and border regulations and procedures simplified along priority corridors
- Customs connectivity established and regional transit improved along priority corridors
Barriers for small-scale traders reduced with
an emphasis on improving conditions for women traders
The TFWA Program’s third component supports small-scale traders, with a focus on women traders. At the same time, Component 3 aims to institute a regional and national advocacy and sensitization system, increase logistics and transport operator professionalization, and promote private sector associations and civil society organizations to be more effective stakeholders and partners in trade facilitation policy making.
- Border crossing for small-scale traders, including women, made more efficient, reducing costs and delays
- Private sector and civil society’s role in regional and national trade facilitation dialogues strengthened
- Transport and logistics professionalized, increasing efficiency and reducing costs