A submission by the Africa International Trade and Commerce Research (AITCR) has been acknowledged and added to the online repository of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).
The submission titled “Trade Facilitation and Sustainability in the ECOWAS Region in Crisis Time” was presented by AICTR during its participation in the UN Policy Hackathon on Model Provisions for Trade in Times of Crisis and Pandemic in Regional and other Trade Agreements.
The policy hackathon is a compilation of relevant inputs from government,academia, civil society and the private sector. It is aimed at supporting the development of provisions that could be included in regional and other trade and economic partnership agreements to guide national trade policies during and after a crisis or pandemic.
In its submission, which is a contribution by a team of researchers led by Sand Mba-Kalu, Oluwafemi Ojo and Olayinka Busari, AICTR made important recommendations to address the limitation that were observed in view of the economic effect of the covid-19 crisis, as well as the drive towards post-covid19 recoveries.
The contribution is a policy brief on the review of vital policy intervention, which ECOWAS member states need to consider in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the critical evaluation of existing ECOWAS trade protocols and treaties in crisis times and the ECOWAS guidelines for the harmonisation and facilitation of cross border trade and transport in the ECOWAS.
AICTR is a Nigerian-based international trade consulting firm that offers strategic consultancy services targeted towards supporting African economic growth through trade and investment.