Implementing Free Movement Policy Problematic- ECOWAS
Ayodele Samuel, Abidjan
The Economic Community of West Africa States ECOWAS has said implementing its free movement policy in the region is problematic.
Director of Trade, Industry and Free Movement, Ministry Of African Integration
He said the harmonization of community member's national laws and regulations to ease free movement is crucial to the implementation of the policy in various member states.
He lamented that the commission cannot oblige any country to comfort with the policy, saying this has this principal weaken the contribution of member state to the growth of the region.
He said the ECOWAS policy cannot be implemented by the Head of State, calling on youths to work with government to ensure the successful integration of West Africa communities, "the free movement of persons is paramount need for regional integration in ECOWAS"
He said the youth must learn and understand the free movement policy for the purpose of social, economy and political development.Nigerian representative at the meeting, Adeola Aroso, says that the policy is overrated by all ECOWAS member states, "it is all talk, no action, the policy of free movement should be effective at all West African borders and not on paper and our governments should strengthen its local laws, institution and process on implementing the ECOWAS policy."
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Free Movement Policy not Effective- ECOWAS Youths
Ayodele Samuel, Abidjan
Youths from Economic Community of West Africa States ECOWAS yesterday lamented the non-effectiveness of the free movement policy in the region.
The youths at the opening ceremony of a three day conference on the ECOWAS Youth Conference in Abidjan, Cote D' Ivory with theme "The contribution of youth organizations to raise awareness and PROMOTING THE FREE MOVEMENT OF PERSONS IN SPACE" identify poverty as the major cause of migration from the ECOWAS region.
Two delegates each from the 25 members state of ECOWAS has continue discussion on successful implementation of the policy to boast development in the sub region
Speaking at the event Adviser to Spain Consular General in Cote D' Ivory Mrs Garcia express her country readiness to assist ECOWAS achieve it integration policy, "Spain is involved in the project because migration is very important nowadays, Spain his ready to help ECOWAS to achieve the goal of free movement within the region."
She said migration is a major challenge to the region but if well control can be an opportunity of social and economy development.
She urge youths and community members to promote the free movement policy within the ECOWAS region
ECOWAS Representative in Cote D' Ivory Ambassedor Abraham Doukoure in his address urged participants at the conference to share ideas and proffer solutions to the problem of barriers to free movement in the region, "This meeting is an occasion for the Youths organization to ponder about the actions that be accomplish in order to reduce constrains to the free movement of persons and good within the region."
It his welcome address the President of the NGO Solidarité Jeunesse IVORY COAST, Stanislas Laurent YAO said interregional movement it's not effective while ECOWAS first principle is based on integration of its members country.
He noted that migration policies of member countries constitute the principal barrier to the free movement of goods and persons in the region.
He identify lack of proper travel documentation, corruption at borders and disrespect for ECOWAS Free movement policy by the agents of members state as major hindrance to successful implementation of the policy in the region.
He added that the objective of the conference is to create awareness about the ECOWAS free movement policy, "Ignorance of the right among citizen of ECOWAS member state remain major constrain ,we need to pay a particular attention because youths constitute the highest level of migrating movement in the region."
Present at the Conference are representative of ECOWAS country missions in Cote D'Ivory, among others
At the end of the meeting a network platform of youth organizations and young ECOWAS to raise awareness and promote the ideals of ECOWAS on the free movement of persons and property and the fight against road harassment and borders will be set up.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
ECOWAS YOUTHS MEET IN ABIDJAN OVER FREE MOVEMENT POLICY
Youths from the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) will on 15th February gather in Abidjan, Cote D' Ivory for a capacity building workshop on youths' advocacy and engagement on the implementation of free movement of persons and goods policy within the region.
The conference with theme "The contribution of youth organizations to raise awareness and promoting the free movement of persons in space" has its participants drawn from 15 ECOWAS states.
Other issues to be discuss at the meeting includes: the legal framework and obstacles to the free movement of people and the right of establishment within ECOWAS: What strategies and means of action for youth organizations to contribute to the effective implementation of ECOWAS texts and Youth organizations and the fight against the red road and border.
The meeting according to President of the Non-Government Organisation, Solidarité Jeunesse IVORY COAST, Stanislas Laurent YAO is to raise awareness among citizens and governments of the importance of something as precious as the integration through the free movement of persons in ECOWAS.
Stanislas stated that the conference is to set up a campaign caravan intended as a framework for youth to make a status report on their involvement and the role youths can play in promoting the free movement of persons and the fight against the red road and border security.
"Through this campaign caravan, he comes to the attention of politicians, decision makers and media about the need for the implementation of ECOWAS free movement policy.
"The overall objective of the gathering is to ensure the contribution of youth organizations across ECOWAS states in promoting the free movement of persons within the region," he added.
Organize exchange of experiences between youth organizations in West Africa through a space of dialogue for the debate about innovative initiatives and increasing promotion of the texts governing the rights and obligations of citizens to free movement of persons within ECOWAS.
He said the central goal of the meeting is to create awareness on the issues of free movement of people and goods in the ECOWAS region and creating a change in our regions.
At the end of the meeting, YAO said p a network platform of youth organizations and young ECOWAS to raise awareness and promote the ideals of ECOWAS on the free movement of persons and property and the fight against road harassment and borders will be set up.
Saturday, February 4, 2012