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Friday, 04 March 2016

Multiplicity Of Checkpoints And Bribes Hamper Trade Flows

The Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel with support from USAID, conducted the survey and reported that one of the major obstacles to development of intraregional trade in agricultural and food products in West Africa is the multiplicity of checkpoints. “These are the natural forms of administrative barriers and costs of all kinds (official taxes, fees, contributions, illegal payments etc.). These checkpoints cause delays in getting products to consumer markets, and different types of illegal payments increase the cost-price of commodities to the final consumer,” the study revealed. The study which is entitled ‘Road Harassment on Agricultural Products in the Sahel and West Africa’ was conducted between August and December 2015. On the Ougadougou, Burkina Faso to Accra route, which is about 1,004 kilometres, the study showed that there were as many as 54 barriers, while each trip cost close to about ₵1,000 in illegal payments and bribes to officials mounting the barriers.

Source: News Ghana