New ECOWAS brown card to be operational January 2015

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The card is expected to help in claims payments by insurance companies to motorists involved during accidents.

The implementation of the new Brown Card for Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS would take off on January 1, 2015, the Nigerian Insurers Association, NIA said on Tuesday.

The NIA Director-General, Olorundare Thomas, said the card, which is a creation of the ECOWAS protocol to facilitate transportation within the West Africa sub-region, is aimed at eradicating fake travel documents.

The card is expected to help in claims payments by insurance companies to motorists involved during accidents.

“The sub-regional Secretariat in Lome, Togo, had standardized the operations of the scheme with the design of a new consensual card”, Mr. Thomas said. “The secretariat is also designing an online claim management software that will reduce the time for claims processing.”

The director-general said that the need to review the protocol in line with current realities was among the challenges confronting the ECOWAS card scheme.

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He said that the Nigerian National Bureau had continued to face challenges of delay in payment of cross border claims management for some time.

Besides, he said in the event of loss of life during accidents the bureau have always faced other challenges with the police formation in some member countries in its effort to get the timely release of motorists. NAN

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