A National Trade Facilitation Strategy for Côte d’Ivoire in the pipeline

In a consultative meeting that took place this week at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI-CI) in Abidjan, stakeholders involved in cross-border trade marked a key step in the development of a National Trade Facilitation Strategy for Côte d’Ivoire.

The meeting aimed at raising awareness and strengthening the capacity of stakeholders on the action plans geared towards developing a robust national trade facilitation strategy, while taking ownership of its implementation for the benefit of regional trade.

The participants represent players in the import-export and food trade sectors, and associations that promote trade facilitation in the region such as the Borderless Alliance. The development of the strategy received the backing of UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and marks a pivotal step for the country as it aims to bolster its trade infrastructure and expand commerce with its neighbours and beyond. The initiative signals TradeMark Africa (TMA’s) first step into the trade facilitation space in Côte d’Ivoire and sets the stage for future partnerships for trade and prosperity.

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