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Nigerian Border Closure To Affect African Trade

The Intra-African trade faces a grim future owing to closure of Nigerian border. International relations expert Dr. Vladimir Antwi-Danso has expressed his dissatisfaction about these activities and wishes to initiate dialogues with the Nigerian authorities to improve the situation.

“Every country is trying to be protectionist, America is doing it, China is doing it, but the only thing we can do is to dialogue because anybody who believes in belligerent approach to trade matters is not being realistic,” Dr Antwi-Danso said.

The move comes at a time when African leaders are trying to promote Intra-African trade and setting up African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The border was closed on August 21 as a measure to ban contraband goods that include rice from Benin, affecting West African countries like Ghana among others.