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ECOWAS Commission partners NADDC on regional auto policy

Engr. Aminu Jalal, DG NADDC

The ECOWAS
Commission is partnering with the National Automotive Design and Development
Council (NADDC) with a view to evolving a framework for the establishment of a
regional automotive policy in West Africa.

In this
respect, a delegation from the ECOWAS Commission Secretariat led by the
Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion, Dr Kalilou Traore was
hosted to a meeting in NADDC Headquarters Abuja by the Director General, Engr.
Aminu Jalal and Director Policy and Planning, Mr Luqman Mamudu.
Dr Traore
remarked that the regional body acknowledged the successes recorded so far by
Nigeria in its auto industry development, especially with the establishment of
numerous vehicle assembly plants; pointing out that such a laudable industrial
policy should be adopted at the regional level so that its benefits could
extend to other West African countries. 
He noted
that the ECOWAS Commission had adopted Nigeria’s automotive agenda at a meeting
in Ghana early this year. This brought priority investment sector to four; the
others are food, pharmaceuticals and building construction materials.
He said that
as follow-up, the commission was planning to host a regional workshop of
experts to discuss holistically matters relating to auto industry development
with a view to having a common regulated market in the region in order to
facilitate increased flow of investments and trade transactions among the West
African countries.
According to
him, issues expected to be discussed at the proposed regional workshop  include common regulation and standards, rule
of origin, CET, components parts manufacturing, maintenance garages, vehicle
credit financing, measures to curtail inflow of used vehicles into the region,
etc; with all relevant stakeholders including manufacturers, dealers, finance
institutions participating. 
He was of
the opinion that governments in West Africa should consider the use of Made in
Nigeria automobiles as official vehicles and also for mass transit services
while the other countries in the region should also benefit from investments in
components parts development and establishment of auto maintenance service
garages.
Responding,
NADDC Director General, Engr. Aminu Jalal assured the ECOWAS Commission
delegation of the Council’s support for the success of the proposed workshop
and readiness to share Nigeria’s experience and expertise with other sister
member states of ECOWAS.
Engr. Jalal
said that already, Nigeria had approved vehicle safety standards, procedures,
tariff structures, investment incentives, and other elements of the Nigerian
Automotive Industrial Development Plan (NAIDP) which could be modified and
adopted for regional application.
He said that
Nigerian assembled vehicles were presently being sold in some West African
countries while there was also a huge inflow of imported vehicles enroute Benin
Republic and Niger Republic to Nigeria; stressing that it was a good idea to
have a common regulation and procedures for the entire West Africa Region.

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