By Lubem Gena
Part of efforts to ensure that member countries in the West African subregion embark on joint activities that would develop the economy of the members have been agreed upon.
The President of Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI), Mr. Essohouna Germain Meba emphasise this during a courtesy call on the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) today as part of activities lined up for the 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the organization.
Meba who commended the appreciable progress made in the chamber in the recent past said the initiatives are instructive and are stepping stones towards making trade, business transactions and large scale economic activities to thrive in the region.
The National President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Iyalode Alaba Lawson who is also the First Vice President of FEWACCI earlier expressed joy at the newly constructed bridge linking Senegal and Gambia.
She said that landmark achievement has shortened business distance and reduced cost on transportation among the trading partners in both countries.
“It is the entire subregion that has won and we should all not hesitate take hood advantage of the link”, she declared.
ACCI President, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode stated that the need to embark on joint intra-chambers activities have to be deepened now in order to tap from each others endowments and inherent opportunities.
According to Prince Kayode, ACCI has been in the vanguard of ensuring that all the Organised Private Sector (OPS) players were united for the common good of all maintaining that, that will further add impetus into the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which aims to remove all the barriers that stand in the way of trading in the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) area.
He called for the removal of artificial and non-tarrif barriers which he said have slowed down upward growth in the sub-region.
The meeting was attended by the Executive, Council Members, staff and gentlemen of the press.
The guests were also conducted round the four Centres, premises and legacy projects of the chamber.