Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Economic Community of West Africa States ECOWAS has said implementing its free movement policy in the region is problematic.
Director of Trade, Industry and Free Movement, Ministry Of African Integration Republic of Cote D’Ivory, Louis-Philippe Goli Kouame , while delivering a paper tittle, “Contributions of youth organization to raise awareness and promote the free movement of person within the ECOWAS” said the implementation of the policy remains problematic at Member State level calling on States to develop means for more stringent implementation, including monitoring and enforcement of the policy at local borders.
He said the harmonization of community member’s national laws and regulations to ease free movement is crucial to the implementation of the policy in various member states.
He said Free movement in the integrations process of ECOWAS is crucial to the growth of the Sub Sahara region, “the ECOWAS region is perceived as a place of extreme mobility of populations. The bulk of migration taking place by land of over 15,000 km of borders intra and 8500 km with their neighbouring countries of North Africa and Central the social continuums extending beyond borders: Country Haussa, more than 30 million people from northern Nigeria and Niger; Mande area with 15 million people between Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire country borders Concept”
He stated that the commission cannot oblige any country to comform with the policy to the detriment of members state to the growth of the region.
He said the ECOWAS policy cannot be implemented by the Head of State alone, thus urgingc youth to work with government to ensure the successful integration of West Africa Communities, “the free movement of persons is paramount need for regional integration in ECOWAS.” He said.
Adding that youth must learn and understand the free movement policy for the purpose of social, economy and political development.
Nigerian representative at the meeting, Adeola Aroso, said that the policy is overrated by all ECOWAS member states, “it is all talk, no action, the policy of free movement should be effective at all West African borders and not on paper and our governments should strengthen its local laws, institution and process on implementing the ECOWAS policy.”
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