Dialogue on Facilitating Trade in Ogun StateApril 13, 2016
Dialogue on Facilitating Trade in Ogun State
On 13th April, 2016, a “Dialogue on Facilitating Trade in Ogun State” was held at Valley View Auditorium, Abeokuta. It offered a platform for traders and transporters in Ogun State as well as Security Operatives/ Law Enforcement Agencies/ Government Revenue Collecting Bodies to discuss effective ways of reducing points of extortion and harassment on the roads of Ogun State. At the end of this public-private dialogue representatives of both sides signed a compact to jointly facilitate trade in Ogun State by which they committed to a set of key Integrity and Transparency principles. The public sector amongst others committed to “zero tolerance for venality and violence” while the private sector pledged to reasonably cooperate with officers on duty.
The dialogue is a result of the TRIMS initiative in Ogun State, launched by His Excellency the Governor in 2014: TRIMS stands for the Trade Route Incident Mapping System - a facility for traders and transporters to collect data on road incidents or barriers to trade they face at borders and along trade routes within Ogun State in Nigeria. Reports on these trade related barriers can be sent by using the free TRIMS mobile app or by sending anonymous, coded text messages (SMS) to an automated public website (www.trimsonline.org). Users can report on delays, illegal payments as well as harassment they face while moving goods.
TRIMS has been initiated and is being implemented by the Government of Ogun State (OGSG), the organized private sector (represented by the Ogun State Council of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture OGUNCCIMA) and GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation).
A preparatory meeting hosted by the OGSG was held in January 2016, where all Security Operatives/ Law Enforcement Agencies/ Government Revenue Collecting Bodies in Ogun State came together to validate the TRIMS data and to deliberate on the way forward.
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