The Borderless Alliance, an initiative launched in 2011 to increase trade throughout West Africa, has recently announced its annual conference, Borderless 2013: Connecting Markets, to take place on the 14th and 15th February 2013 in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso.

Private sector stakeholders from across West Africa will participate in the event, including the region’s leading trading companies, transport and logistics companies, banks and other financial institutions. ECOWAS and UEMOA, the regional bodies that obtain consensus on trade policy from West African states, will also participate along with representatives of ministries from West African states.

“West Africa is experiencing unprecedented economic growth and development,” said Borderless the Alliance President Ziad Hamoui. “Removing trade barriers is critical to harnessing that growth and development and ensuring that all of West Africa’s 300 million citizens benefit from it.”

“The Borderless Alliance serves as a platform to identify and address the problems that affect regional trade,” said Justin Bayili, managing director of the Borderless Alliance. “We are coordinating the implementation of a comprehensive strategy with private sector stakeholders across West Africa. The conference will allow stakeholders to collaborate on the strategy and build the momentum to driving further change.”

Online registration for Borderless 2013 is now open at