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WAFM to hold Regional Cross-Border Trade Forum from 15th -16th May 2018 in Nigeria

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The West Africa Food Markets Programme (WAFM)- funded by UKaid/DFID and implemented by the Palladium Group is organizing a two-day Regional Cross-Border Trade Forum that will bring together over 80 participants comprising agribusinesses involved in regional food trade, trade policy makers, customs, freight forwarders, advocacy and donors organizations involved in trade facilitation from Burkina-Faso, Ghana, Nigeria and Niger. Organizations expected to attend the event include Nigeria Customs, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, ECOWAS, AGRONigeria, Borderless Alliance, GIZ Nigeria, Propcom and National Association of Nigerian Traders among others. The Regional Cross-Border Trade Forum is on the theme: Deepening Food Trade Integration in West Africa, will discuss the barriers that distort the free-flow of staple food trade and find innovate solutions to these challenges through multi-stakeholder dialogue and leveraging on the experiences from other ECOWAS countries.

Furthermore, the forum will among other things examine the drivers and trends shaping the future of agribusiness trade across West Africa and review of the most important regional policies that intend to promote West African Trade and agricultural development for food security and focus on the main challenges for their implementation. Discussions will center around strategies for collection of quality trade data for designing and implementing policies. The forum will also allow traders share their experiences on regional trade and also provide strategies to respond to regulatory challenges in short-medium and long terms. Participants will examine in detail national trade policies (Export and Import Restrictions) that hamper food trade and be enlightened on the regional customs and trade provisions. The Regional Cross-Border Trade Forum will be held in Abuja, Nigeria on 15th & 16th May 2018.

The Agricultural Sector remains one of the largest contributors to most West African countries economies in terms of employment and food security. Also agriculture exports constitute 10% of total exports of West African countries exports. However, the level of intra-country trade in West Africa is very low hampered by; export restrictions, check points, delays, illicit charges, poor transport networks, non-commitment to implementation and monitoring of regional protocols (ETLS and CET). It is against this background, Palladium Group, the implementer of the UKaid funded West Africa Food Market (WAFM) Programme is organizing its maiden edition of Regional Cross Border Trade Forum on May 15 – 16, 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria with the theme “Deepening Food Trade Integration in West Africa.”

For more information Contact: Noel Yao Kossonou, Policy Facility Manager,  Telephone: +233(0)506423657,
Email: noel.kossonou@westafricafoodmarkets.org, Website: www.westafricafoodmarkets.org

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