ECOWAS takes steps toward reopening all land borders.

The ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with the West African health Organisation (WAHO) is organising a Sectoral Ministers virtual meeting on the reopening of land borders in the region to grease the free movement of persons. 

The indigenous body said in a statement issued on December 3, 2021, that Sectorial Ministers in charge of Regional Integration, Interior, Trade, Health, Transport, and Finance from Member Countries.

 States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are therefore listed to hold a virtual meeting on 6th December 2021 in order to meditate on measures to ensure the coordinated, safe, secure and orderly reopening of borders in the region. 

The Ministers are anticipated to adopt the technical experts' report and recommendations, which outlined the practical steps for implementing the ECOWAS COVID-19 guidelines on sanitary measures for the progressive and coordinated reopening of borders.

Through their Member States, ECOWAS and the West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU) are dedicated to reopening borders to facilitate the flow of people and commodities, as well as defining steps to revitalize indigenous commerce and force networks between Member States. 

The gradual reopening of the borders formerly begun by the States, requires good collaboration between the States and the land- predicated actors in charge of border control in order to apply the community handbooks on the free movement of people and goods in the terrain of the being health and security extremity. 

 The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, at its 59th Ordinary Session, directed the ECOWAS Commission to work with Member States and the West African Health Organization (WAHO) on modalities to expedite the safe reopening of land borders during the epidemic, in accordance with the ECOWAS Harmonized Guidelines for the Free Movement of People and Goods.

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