By:  Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh

The Abuja-based ECOWAS Commission has organised a three day capacity workshop to equip trade facilitators in Ghana with good negotiation skills.
Topics treated were the common investment issues among ECOWAS countries, the trade liberalisation scheme, and trade imbalances among countries in the sub region.
Speaking at the opening ceremony in Accra, the Facilitator for the Trade Negotiations Capacity Building (TNCB) Project, ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Ammettovi Folli, said that the workshop was organised due to member countries’ inability to fully implement the ECOWAS protocols.
He stated that: “It is sad to note that the issue of free movement of persons among member states has not even been met without impediments.”
ECOWAS, since its inception in 1975, had been bedeviled with a lot of challenges which needed to be addressed before its goals could be achieved,” he noted.
According to him, the participants would also be educated on the need for Ghana to open up its borders and allow for the free movement of persons and goods.
“The workshop would help us sharpen the negotiation skills of our participants in international trade, and also increase the number of trade negotiators in the country,” he added.
The Multilateral and Bilateral Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Clement Nyaba, appealed to the participants to fully partake in the workshop in order to reap its full benefits.
In all, 60 participants, including officials from the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ghana Immigration Service and the Ministry of Trade and Industry attended the workshop which will be replicated in all the 16 member-ECOWAS countries.

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