Trans- border traders partner NSC on trade, anti-smuggling

 

Chinazor Megbolu


In a bid to formalize trade and minimize smuggling in West Africa, the African Association of Cross Border Trade is set to partner Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC).

In a statement by the Head, Public Relations, Ms. Rakiya Zubairu, the association was seeking to partner with the NSC in the area of trade facilitation amongst Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries for expansion and compilation of trade statistics on cross border trade.
The President of the Nigerian chapter of West Africa Association of Cross Border Trade, Agro-forestry, Pastoral, Fisheries products and Food, Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi disclosed this during a familiarisation tour to the NSC headquarters in Lagos recently.
The Secretary of the association, Mr. Salami Nassiru also hinted on the purpose of the visit, which he explained was to formalise trade in West Africa, minimise smuggling and promote the trading of ECOWAS products and generate statistics of commodities traded in the sub-region.
Meanwhile, the Director, Consumer Affairs Division, NSC, Chief Cajetan Agu, who received the delegation on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Barr. Hassan Bello, assured them of the Council’s eagerness to partner with them.
He further buttressed that the proposed areas of collaboration are in line with the Council’s mandate.
Agu, however, noted that the two Border Information Centres at Seme-Krake border and Jibia-Maradi border were set up by the NSC to provide on-the-spot assistance like enlightenment and trade information to cross-border traders.

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