Source: The Guardian (Nigeria)
The cross-border initiative programme of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) may begin to bear fruit next year as the community has planned to issue biometric cards in January 2016.
The cards will grant easier access to citizens of ECOWAS member-states across the region. ECOWAS Vice President, Toga Gayewea McIntosh, who gave this hint while speaking with journalists during the 10th meeting of the Strategic Planning Co-ordinating Committee (SPCC) held in Lagos, said leaders of member-states have already approved the implementation of Common External Tariff (CET).
He said: “You will no longer need to carry your passport when travelling within the region, McIntosh said. Furthermore, SPCC members have met to finalise and adopt the first working draft of the Community Strategic Frame-work (CSF) that would guide the process of community development programmes between 2016 and 2020.”