The President of ECOWAS Commission, Kadr? Ou?draogo, has reaffirmed the Commission?s commitment to facilitate regional integration through effective implementation of its free movement protocol and programme.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by ECOWAS Acting Director of Communication, Sunny Ugoh,.

The statement quoted Ou?draogo as saying this during his visit to the Noepe Joint Border Post (JBP) construction site on the Togo-Ghana frontier.

The statement said that the project would promote unrestricted movement of persons, goods and services for improved trade and economy in the region.

“There cannot be integration without free movement of people, goods and services,? it said.

The 10.28 million Euro Noepe project was one of the seven JBPs along the borders of nine ECOWAS member states was near completion.

The statement said that the JBPs were supported under the European Union (EU) Transport Facilitation Project for some African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

It also said that the president commended the two countries for their cooperation, the EU for providing grant, and the contractor for high quality standard of work done so far.

“Ou?draogo expressed optimism that issues raised during the inspection of the construction site would be addressed during an anticipated coordination meeting with stakeholders to rectify any identified gaps.

“ECOWAS will take all the necessary steps required to put the project into meaningful use,? it said.

The JBP programme is aimed at removing non-tariff barriers to transit, reducing transport costs and minimise transit time for persons, goods and services.

This will facilitate cross-border transport and movement, boost inter- and intra-regional trade as well as international trade which are key factors to poverty reduction and economic growth.

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