Sea link project to ease transportation challenges

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sea link project, when operational, would minimise the challenges of movement of goods and services in the region, Federation of West African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has said.

Its Chief Executive Officer, Cherno Jallow, who spoke in Abuja, said the operation of the maritime shipping project, which was an initiative of the Chamber, was aimed at linking the ECOWAS states and Central Africa countries.

He said the project is in line with the priority given to free movement of people and goods by the leadership of ECOWAS.

According to him, the project would also contribute immensely in ECOWAS dream of enhancing economic growth through the strong participation of the private sector.

Jallow said when fully operational, the project would ensure that vessels, agricultural produce, manufactured goods and passengers could be transported from one country to another within the sub-region and beyond.

He said: “It will boost trade within the sub-region as well as help erase the difficulties faced by traders when crossing land borders of the ECOWAS countries. This would enable us grow economically and become competitive globally.”

The sea link project is a major step in deepening trade within ECOWAS sub-region and a significant step in enhancing the current trade flow among ECOWAS member states.

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