WAEMU borders will be reopened in a concerted manner, ministers of transport announce

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Wednesday, 03 June 2020 17:51
WAEMU borders will be reopened in a concerted manner, ministers of transport announce

(Togo First) - The WAEMU’s eight-member States want to reopen their border (land, air, and sea) as soon as possible, in a concerted way. However, no date has been picked in this regard. 

This was disclosed last week (May 28th) after a videoconference between the Union’s ministers of transport. 

During the meeting, El Hadj Omar Youm, Senegal’s minister of transport said there would “certainly be a plan to restart activities, a plan for a concerted restart between all WAEMU member States. There will surely be concertation phases to help us gradually fully reopen borders,” he added. 

The reopening of borders would only take place once the Union contains the pandemic. So far, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire are the most affected members of the WAEMU, with respectively 3,886 and 2,951 confirmed cases. For Togo, it has confirmed 443 cases at the moment. 

Also, it should be recalled that the pandemic has caused the region’s air traffic volumes to plunge by 95%. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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