From June 30 to July 2 2015, the Executive Secretary of Borderless Alliance, Mr. Justin Bayili represented the Alliance at the fifth edition of the Global Review of Aid for Trade at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Under the theme, "Reducing Trade Costs for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth”, the meeting which evolved around a series of panel sessions provided an opportunity for different stakeholders across the globe –notably governments representatives, international development agencies , international organizations, private sector representatives, NGOs, etc., to analyze the actions that are being taken by developing countries to reduce the cost of trade and to examine the extent of remaining challenges" in respect of the full implementation of the on Trade Facilitation Agreement reached in Bali in December 2013.
It emerged at the meeting that the Trade Facilitation Agreement would be an important tool in terms of reducing transaction costs, building supply and value chains, and promoting regional integration. However, it also emerged that the success of the agreement largely depends on the ability of developing countries to meet the challenge of some reforms in order to operate on the national and regional levels and the need to put in place adequate infrastructure.
On the sidelines of the meeting, it was announced during one of the panel sessions -in which Borderless Alliance actively participated, about the creation of a Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. This USAID initiative is supported by other partners, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and the private sector actors including United Parcel Post (UPS) and Samsung. The Global Alliance for Facilitation will officially be launched during the Ministerial Conference of the WTO in December 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.
While in Geneva, Mr. Bayili also took advantage of his participation in the 5ThGlobal Review of Aid for Trade to hold discussions with the International Road Transport Union (IRU) to explore possible avenues of cooperation the international transport organization and Borderless Alliance, especially in the area of the professionalization of the road transport sector in West Africa.