Multinational - Streamlining Tax, Revenue Management and Digitization of Customs Admin in 5 ECOWAS Countries

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Apr 2020
Signature Date 23 Oct 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Mar 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Mar 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Multi-Sector
DAC Sector Code 15124
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 2,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed operation is a technical assistance and institutional capacity support project to be financed by a grant of UA 2.00 million under the Transition Support Facility (TSF), Pillar III. The project is justified on the grounds that the technical assistance and capacity building targeted at Customs Administrations of Liberia, Mali Niger, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia will lead to significant skills upgrading while also supporting digitisation and automation of customs services through electronic activities thus streamlining targeted customs services. It generally involves acquisition of technical skills, extensive training of Customs Administrations staff and modernization of the automated systems for customs data. The project focuses on four key areas: (i) technical assistance; (ii) upgrading and modernization of customs information technology infrastructure; (iii) migration to modern customs conventions; (iv) transit management and adherence to established trade liberalization protocols. The proposed reforms will spur regional trade through the implementation of the ETLS by the respective countries. Ultimately, improved customs revenues will greatly enhance resource mobilization efforts by the respective governments and potenitally enhance revenues available for allocation to public expenditures thus reducing poverty and socio-economic and political fragility. The implementation timeframe covers January 2020 to December 2021.

Project Objectives

The main objective of the project is to provide technical assistance and capacity building to the Customs Administrations in 5 ECOWAS countries, namely Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia. The support will enable the streamlining of tax, revenue management, management of transit cargo, digitisation and automation of services including electronic management of customs data. The expected outputs for the 5 target countries are: (i) simplified, harmonized and coordinated customs documentation and processes; (ii) strengthened capacity for the customs taxes administration; (iii) improved electronic management of transit cargo in Mali, Niger and the Gambia , (iv) improved customs capacity for the regional trade initiatives i.e. the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme; and (iv) upgraded information technology and automated systems for customs data Liberia and Sierra Leone.


The direct beneficiaries are the governments and customs administrations of Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia. The public and economic operators from the mentioned countries and the entire ECOWAS region (15 countries) will benefit indirectly.

Participating Organization

Transition Support Facility
Economic Commission of West African States - ECOWAS


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-KF0-065
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Abou FALL

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
12.65 -8 Bamako
13.5137 2.1098 Niamey
6.30054 -10.7969 Monrovia
8.45774 -13.23714 Freetown
13.4527 -16.578 Banjul