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 www.borderlesswa.com.
IFC, IFC’s Conflict Affected States in Africa Initiative (CASA), and “This Is Africa”, a Financial Times publication, are hosting Business After Conflict in Nairobi on November 28, 2012.
This one-day conference will bring together high-level representatives from government and business to discuss investment opportunities in countries recovering from conflict, with a focus on Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and South Sudan.
Bringing together investors, risk analysts and senior politicians, the event will address risk perception and reality, and how it affects financing and insurance. The programme will also offer insight into investment dynamics, reform ‘credibility’, the donor tools available to support investment and conflict-sensitive business practices. Participants will hear success stories from businesses that have flourished in post conflict states.
To help publicize the event, IFC has launched a photo competition open to African nationals that is seeking images of the private sector benefiting communities in post conflict countries.
Domestic and international leaders within energy generation, energy efficiency, as well as water and waste management, will come together for the West African Clean Energy & Environment Conference & Exhibition WACEE 12 from 6th to 8th November 2012 in the International Conference Centre Accra, Ghana.
WACEE 12 will comprise a three day conference with an exhibition on each day and will provide a platform for power providers, technology suppliers, investors, industry experts as well as political and economical decision takers to discuss matters and opportunities in the area of clean energy. The conference will feature experts from the governmental, industrial and scientific sectors to provide input through participation in speech delivery, workshops or panels.
It will therefore amount to a platform to bring together the knowledge and experience from the following sectors:
• Conventional energies in West Africa: oil, gas and hydropower
• Renewable energies in West Africa: wind, gas and biomass
• Recycling and water treatment
The exhibition, as an international event for West Africa, will represent all key players within the industry, presenting their company and newest technology focused on clean energy and environment.
The exhibition will feature domestic and international exhibitors from the following sectors:
• Oil and gas
• Renewable energies (solar, wind, biomass)
• Energy efficiency
• Water and wastewater management
• Waste management