By Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA
Accra, March 29, GNA –
The Eighth Annual Conference of the Borderless Alliance will come off in Accra
from April 24-26, to provide platform for transporters, manufacturers,
policy-makers and other key stakeholders to discuss challenges to trade and
transport facilitation in West Africa.
conference, on the theme: “Facilitating Intra-Regional Trade in West Africa:
Emerging Trends”, would enable members of the Organisation to draw the
attention of policy-makers, political and administrative decision-makers to
critical issues relating to trade facilitation within the West Africa corridor.
Addressing the media
at the launch of the conference in Accra, on Thursday, Mr Ziad Hamoui, the
National President of the Organisation, said the theme was carefully chosen
given the urgent need for Africa and the Sub-region to experience rapid growth
in trade following the adoption of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement
by the African Union.
He observed that
African nations could not fully industrialise if trade facilitation and emerging
challenges were not addressed expeditiously, and believed that the conference
would enable business leaders and policy-makers across the Sub-region to
discuss the challenges and find lasting solutions to them.
Mr Hamoui said the
theme was selected for the conference sought to focus on emerging trends and
initiatives towards the improvement of trade across West Africa, by examining
key issues within some of the major regional trade links such as border
crossing procedures, road governance and port processes, as well as updates on
current trade and transport policies that facilitate intra regional trade.
is a private sector led advocacy platform and member association established in
2011 to address the barriers affecting regional trade.
evidence-based advocacy to promote free trade and regional integration,
movement of goods and people in the West Africa Sub-region by tackling barriers
to intra regional trade and transport to ensure competitive trade, streamlining
procedures and attacking corruption.
Over the years, the
annual conference had helped in streamlining ECOWAS trade protocols and Trade
Liberation Scheme, Axle Load Implementation and Joint Border Post.
Mr Hamoui said the
conference would provide a platform for members to share experience and
knowledge, engage in advocacy and networking, as well as establish business
relationship to facilitate development.
On the sidelines of
the conference, he said it would hold its annual general meeting and review
past activities and the financial statements for the year 2018.
participants are required to pay 200 dollars in cedi equivalent for their
registration, while those from the Francophone countries are supposed to pay
100, 000 CFA.
It said participation
was open to all trade and transport stakeholders in the Sub-region, and
interested persons and organisations could log onto: www.borderlesswa.com/ conference 2019/registration
for registration and details about the conference.
vision is to have a West Africa where goods, people, services and capital move
quickly, efficiently and inexpensively across borders to advance stronger
economic growth, higher profits for companies and greater income for national
governments, and increased investment and creation of more jobs.
The event would bring
more than 1,000 members of the Organisation from the West Africa Sub-region,
including manufacturers and producers, transport and logistics service providers,
distributors, importers, financial institutions, consultants, state agencies
and international development agencies.
The event is being
organised by the Borderless Alliance Executive Secretariat and Borderless
Alliance Ghana National Chapter and would be hosted by the Ghana Shippers’
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