Promoting small-scale cross-border trade: An exchange workshop on the rule of law and the use of technology in West Africa

The opening ceremony of the training workshop on the law and use of technology in West Africa was held this Friday, April 1, 2022 in Ouagadougou. It was chaired by Charles Eugène Nabollé, representing the Minister of Industry, Trade and Crafts, in the presence of Jonathan Osei Owusu, Managing Director of the POS Foundation.

A view of the participants

Ouagadougou is hosting a workshop to discuss the promotion of small-scale cross-border trade, the rule of law and the introduction of technology in six West African countries: Benin, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. The exchanges will revolve around the following theme: “Small-scale cross-border trade and the rule of law; challenges and prospects for the consolidation of efforts to promote free trade in West Africa, case of six countries”.

Charles Eugène Nabollé, representative of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Crafts

The economic sector is the engine of development of the States. This opinion is shared by the Minister’s representative, Charles Eugène Nabollé, who argued that “the development of our States necessarily depends on trade. And the Burkinabè government, he assures us, is doing everything possible to protect this sector”. This workshop will enable participants from the six countries to identify the real problems of cross-border traffic, to analyze them and finally to propose possible solutions for a more prosperous economy at the service of States and peoples.

Jonathan Osei Owusu, Managing Director of the POS Foundation

“Now what we need is the empowerment of Africa through the private sector of commerce. Let no one deceive us by letting us know that Africans are lazy. We just need a commerce digitization system to facilitate the free movement of people and goods in the different areas. To do this, we ask for the support of the government of these member countries to have a united business system,” said Jonathan Osei Owusu, Director General of the POS Foundation,

Then, he justified that the choice of the six States is explained by the fact that the commercial exchanges are more developed between the tradesmen of the aforesaid countries. “Once the results are convincing in these six countries, the founder promises to expand the system to other countries,” he says.

Yacouba Sawadogo, Head of Trade Promotion Service

Yacouba Sawadogo, head of service for the promotion of trade at the level of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, for his part, recalled the constraints linked to cross-border traffic. These are essentially road harassments (customs, police, gendarmerie); the security and health crisis, etc. This constitutes a huge shortfall not only for the States but also for the populations. This is why, he believes, this training on the introduction of the digitization of commerce will make it possible to boost the economy of our States for the happiness of the populations.

Dofinitta Augustin Khan

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