The ECOWAS Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Transport, Logistics and Trade has made recommendations for the reopening of land, air and sea borders.
That the reopening is to restore cross border economic activities for the movement of humanitarian personnel, medical supplies, equipment and essential goods in the fight against the Corona Virus pandemic.
That the recommendations were adopted for submission to the Co-Chairpersons of the ad-hoc Ministerial Committee, the Honorable Minister of Aviation for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and champion of the regional Covid-19 response HE Muhammadu Buhari for subsequent presentation to the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
That based on deliberations on the 12th and 16th of June 2020, the Ministers recommended a gradual and coordinated opening of land borders and airports of ECOWAS Member States based on health data on the evolution of the pandemic and called for appropriate fiscal measures by government to support the effective implementation of the guidelines.
That the opening of the borders is hinged on the proposed guidelines for the mitigation of health risks and harmonization and facilitation of cross-border trade and transport in the ECOWAS region in the fight against COVID-19.
That the reopening of the borders has become imperative taking into consideration the need to revive the economies of ECOWAS member Countries.
They recommended a Three phased approach to the opening of land and air borders beginning with local internal domestic air and land transport within ECOWAS Member States.
They also called for accurate information sharing on opening-up measures among Member States in the spirit of solidarity, collective self-reliance and inter-State co-operation through bilateral and multilateral consultations.