The African Association of Cross Border Trade has called for collaboration with the Nigerian Shippers Council in the area of trade facilitation amongst ECOWAS countries, expansion of and compilation of trade statistics on Cross Border Trade.
Abdullahi made the call during a familiarization visit to the Shippers headquarters in Lagos recently.
Secretary of the association, Salami Nassiru elaborated on the purpose of the visit, which he said was to formalised trade in West Africa, minimise smuggling as well as promote the trading of ECOWAS products and generate statistics of commodities traded in the sub-region.
According to the statement endorsed and released by Rakiya Zubairu, Head, Public Relations of the council quoting The Director of Consumer Affairs Division, Chief Cajetan Agu who received the delegation on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Mr. Hassan Bello, assured them of readiness to partner with the Association, pointing out that the proposed areas of collaboration are in line with the mandate.
Chief Agu said the two Border Information Centres at Seme-Krake border and Jibia-Maradi border were established by the Council to provide on-the-spot assistance like enlightenment and trade information to cross-border traders.