ecowas regional customs connectivity project (alisa)

Report
ECOWAS PROTOCOLS
ON FREE MOVEMENT OF GOODS AND PERSONS
PRESENTED BY
Dr M. SOLA AFOLABI
Business Environment Adviser
Borderless Alliance
Borderless Alliance Conference Lagos
February 26-28, 2014
OUTLINE
1- CONTEXT
2- REGIONAL INTEGRATION
3- PROTOCOLS
4- WAY FORWARD
5- CLOSING THOUGHTS
CONTEXT
1975
- CREATION OF ECOWAS COMMUNITY
- COOPERATION
1993-
- REVISED TREATY
- INTEGRATION
- SUPRANATIONALITY
2007-
- TRANSFORMATION TO COMMISSION
- REPLACE PROTOCOLS WITH SUPPLEMENTARY ACTS TO
THE TREATY
REGIONAL INTEGRATION
MAJOR PROTOCOLS
1- ETLS
2- ISRT
3- FREE MOVEMENT
4- CET
ECOWAS TRADE LIBERALIZATION SCHEME
(ETLS)
• ELIMINATION OF TARRIF AND NON TARIF BARRIERS
REMOVAL OF CUSTOMS DUTIES
 1975- RAW MATERIALS
 1990-INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS
ETLS (Contd)
1- RULES OF ORIGIN-MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF APPROVAL
2- PROHIBITION OF PRODUCTS
3- STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
4- CAPACITY BULDING FOR NATIONAL FOCAL POWERS
5- LACK OF INFORMATION
INTER STATE ROAD TRANSIT (ISRT)
FREE INTRA-REGIONAL MOVEMENT OF GOODS AND
VEHICLES
MAJOR ISSUES
1- TRANSIT FEES
2-NATIONAL GUARANTOR
3-ROAD BLOCKS AND “FACILITATION” PAYMENTS
4- NON CONFORMING VEHICLES
5- NON COMPLIANCE WITH TRANSIT PROCEDURES
ECOWAS REGIONAL CUSTOMS CONNECTIVITY PROJECT
(ALISA)
FEATURES
- REPLACE NATIONAL GUARANTOR WITH …….
- ONE-POINT PAYMENT OF BOND AND TRANSIT FEES
- SCAN, SEAL AND TRACK VEHICLES AND GOODS
- CENTRAL DATABASE OF TRANSIT DECLARATIONS
- ELIMINATION OF BILATERAL DATA EXCHANGE PROTOCOLS
ECOWAS COMMON EXTERNAL TARRIF (CET)
TARRIF BANDS
1- ESSENTIAL SOCIAL GOODS…………...0%, 85 TARIF LINES
2- GOODS OF PRIMARY NECESSITY…….5%, 2146 LINES
3-INPUT AND INTERMEDIATE GOODS……10%, 1373 LINES
4-FINAL CONSUMPTION GOODS……………20%, 2165 LINES
5- SPECIFIC GOODS ……………………...……35%,130 LINES
MAJOR ISSUES
1- OTHER TAXES AND LEVIES
2-SMUGGLING
3-CLASSIFICATION-INADVERTENT OR DELIBERATE (MALICIOUS)
ECOWAS FREE MOVEMENT PROTOCOL
SCOPE
- RIGHT OF ENTRY
- RIGHT OF RESIDENCE
- RIGHT OF ESTABLISHMENT
MAJOR ISSUES.
 COMPLIANCE WITH PROTOCOL
 RECIPROCITY
 REDRESSE-DISCUSSION
 ARBITRATION, COURT OF JUSTICE
WAY FORWARD
 ACCELERATED IMPLENTATION OF PROTOCOLS AND ACTS
.
 MONITORING OF PROTOCOLS
 PUBLIC PRIVATE ADVOCACY PLATFORM
JOIN THE BORDERLESS ALLIANCE
CLOSING THOUGHTS
 FROM COOPERATION TO A WEST AFRICAN UNION
 WORLD CLASS TEXTS
 PROBLEM IS IMPLEMENTATION
WAKE UP
TO ACTIVATE THE DREAM
THANK YOU

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