March 22, 2021

Ahead of ECOWAS Parliament’s First seminar this year which starts on March 23 to 25, 2021 in Freetown, Sierra Leone, a member of Ghana’s representative, Clement Kofi Humado has said discussion on the Community levy would be very tough.

According to him import duties account for a large part of the revenue from most countries of the fifteen member states in the West African sub-region, especially those in the Sahel regions like Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

And further added that those with coastlines are more diversified and the issue is not just the collection of the Community levy, but the total revenue that accrued to the states of which part would be used as the levy.

“We need to look at it, holistically and how these countries can generate revenue outside the import duties so that the Community levy would be free to be sent to the ECOWAS Commission for the work of the Commission and all its agencies, it is not going to be easy but we would see what we can do”.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/