Borderless Alliance has held its annual conference in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from May 19 – 21, 2015. The three- day conference dubbed “Borderless 2015”is the fourth in a series of annual conferences to be organized by Borderless Alliance since its official inauguration in 2012; and was under the theme “Regional Trade and Food Security”. It brought together over 150 participants and stakeholders from various countries –including state government representatives, civil society organizations (CSOs), donors, customs authorities, exporters, importers, transporters, and transport associations at the Palm Club Hotel – Cocody, Abidjan.
The opening ceremony was attended by high-level delegates from across the region, who delivered solidarity messages, including His Excellency, Dr. Claus Bernard Auer –German Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire ; Mr. Alex Deprez, Representative of USAID West Africa; Mr. Eiro Yonezaki, Resident Representative of JICA in Côte d’Ivoire ; Mr. Daufanguy Benjamin Soro, Chief Director at the Ministry of Transport of Côte d’Ivoire who represented the Minister; Dr. Kebe Kante, Chief Director of the Ministry of Trade, who represented the Minster of Trade; Dr. Djimé Adoum, Executive Secretary of the Permanent Interstates Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS); Mr. Bakary Maguiraga, President of the Infrastructure, Tourism, Transport and Environment Commission of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and President of the Borderless Alliance, Mr. Ziad Hamoui.
Themes which were the subject for presentations and panel discussion during the conference included ‘Opportunities and Constraints of Trade Policies on Agricultural Products’, Non - tariff Barriers to Free Movement of Goods ‘, Regional Initiatives to Promote the Agricultural Value Chain and Impact of Trade Agreements on the Movement of Agricultural Products. The conference was highly supported by the USAID through the West African Trade Hub, GIZ, UEMOA, JICA, OFT, Port Autonome d’Abidjan, NEXIM Bank of Nigeria, International Road Union, and Scanning Systems.