ECOWAS holds 31st Session of Brown Card Council of Bureaux

ECOWASINSURANCE Commissions in the 14 ECOWAS member countries have been tasked to get involved in the prompt and fair settlement of trans-border claims to enable accident victims to benefit from the ECOWAS Brown Card Scheme.

The call was made at the 31st Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Brown Card Council of Bureaux in Lomé, Togo under the theme, “An exhaustive diagnostic on the problem of ECOWAS Brown Card Scheme and the way forward”.

A statement issued by the National Insurance Commission (NIC) and copied The Ghanaian Times, said the session was to enable Insurance Commissions to assist in the prompt and fair settlement of trans-border claims.

The statement said the General Assembly agreed that insurance commissioners should be informed of all bilateral meetings on claims, and copies of reports of the said meetings submitted to the Insurance Commissions.

It said the General Assembly also agreed to sensitise and educate all ECOWAS Brown Card stakeholders with the support of National Insurance Commissioners.

The statement said members further recommended that by July 1, 2015, all countries should use the new enhanced Brown Card with security features, and that, National Insurance Commissioners should ensure compliance with this directive.

It said 11 countries out of fourteen member countries attended the meeting.

They were Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Conakry, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

The meeting was also attended by National Insurance Commissions from the 11 countries.

The 32nd Session of the Council of Bureaux is scheduled to take place in October, 2015 in Mali.

The main goal of the ECOWAS Brown Card system is to guarantee road accident victims a rapid and appropriate compensation for damages from transiting non resident drivers from other ECOWAS countries.

It was established by the Protocol A/P1/5/82 of May 29, 1982, and signed in Cotonou by the Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS countries.

By Times Reporter

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