The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region has recommended the gradual re-opening of the borders of member states in the first half of July.
According to ECOWAS, this is to allow travelers from countries with low or controlled levels of coronavirus cases by the end of July.
The ECOWAS Ministerial Coordination Committee on Transport, Logistics and Trade made the recommendations on the harmonized and gradual re-opening of land, air and sea borders in other to restore cross border economic activities, especially for movement of humanitarian personnel, medical supplies and equipment and essential goods in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
This new recommendation by ECOWAS was contained in a communique from a virtual meeting that was held last week by Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministers from the West African sub-region.
They called for coordinated efforts to re-open cross border trade that has been seriously hampered by the lockdowns and restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Read the full communique below: