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Thursday, 20 September 2018

ECOWAS member countries effective January 1, 2015, will begin the implementation of the ECOWAS Common External Tariff, CET. This means that member countries will be paying a uniform tariff at all borders in the sub-region. The Director, Multi Regional and Bilateral at the Ministry of Finance, Nyame Baafi noted that the implementation of the CET will go a long way to harmonize trade and minimise smuggling of goods across the borders.

ECOWAS has a new specialised agency charged with facilitating the development and funding of key infrastructure projects for the region. The Projects Preparation and Development Unit (PPDU) was officially inaugurated last month at its headquarters in Togo. The PPDU will consult with the ECOWAS Commission, member states and the private sector to identify and prioritise transport, energy, ICT and water projects in support of regional integration. Initially the agency will focus on projects related to the ECOWAS regional infrastructure development programme and the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). The Unit is also tasked with conducting feasibility studies and mobilising resources with a particular focus on public-private partnerships for infrastructure financing.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Seychelles President James Michel has thanked the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), for helping to build the resilience and capacity of the Indian Ocean archipelago and other small island states and called on the organisation to further assist Seychelles in developing the Blue Economy. According to a press statement issued by State House this afternoon, Michel met with the Director General of the FAO, José Graziano Da Silva, in the margins of the third international conference on SIDS, in Samoa. Michel has put emphasis on the specificities and vulnerabilities of SIDS adding that it is for this reason “Seychelles is supporting the introduction of a Vulnerability Index within in the UN system.”

A leading South African supermarket chain wants more Zimbabwean agricultural products to add to the current basket of commodities being exported across the Limpopo river. Pick & Pay director of group enterprises Mr Dallas Langman told The Herald Business at the opening of the new TM Msasa branch yesterday that Zimbabwean fruits and vegetables can be traded anywhere in the world due to their quality.