From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, MPs End Three-Day Awareness Campaign on Regional Trade
By Mohamed Kanu
Aug 10, 2010, 17:04

In collaboration with the National Coordinating Committee in the Ministry of Trade Members of Parliament on the Oversight Committee of Trade over the weekend ended a three-day Public Awareness Campaign on ECOWAS Trade Liberalization schedule and Common External tariff in Makeni and Kenema respectively.


The programme which succeeded in attracting civil society representatives, government stakeholders, business organization, trade unions and other members of the Public was aimed to encourage manufacturing outfits to compete favorably with cheap imported products that are being sold in West African market, as well as to remove all tariff barriers to trade between countries in the West Africa Sub-region.

Speaking at the ceremony, Hon. Tamba Kai Banja pointed out that as members of parliament it was their responsibility as over sight committee on Trade to consult the general public on such issues before the House of Parliament can enact the Scheme into law. He further informed that the scheme was not only meant for Sierra Leone but also covered products produced within the sub region as a collaborative effort for the removal of tariffs for our local products.

In his contribution Hon. Hassan Sherriff assured that after the enactment of the scheme, it will promote the free flow of goods in West Africa, adding that the removal of barriers and common external tariffs on produce manufactured will also promote cooperation and integration which will help strengthen the economic down ton
e of Sierra Leone.

In both Bo and Kenema, trade unionists expressed their profound gratitude for being included in such development, and lauded the efforts of the committee for their relentless efforts.

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