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Borderless is a partnership of public and private sector stakeholders across the region.

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EcowasThe Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration in “all fields of economic activity, particularly industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters

World BankThe World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Its mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

USAIDThe American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years.


UEMOAThe West African Economic and Monetary Union (or UEMOA from its name in French, Union économique et monétaire ouest africaine) is an organization of eight states of West Africa established to promote economic integration among countries that share a common currency, the CFA franc. UEMOA was created on January 10, 1994 by the Heads of State and Government of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. On May 2, 1997, Guinea-Bissau, became its eighth (and only non-Francophone) member state.

ATPUSAID’s Agribusiness and Trade Promotion (ATP) project works to increase the value and volume of intraregional agricultural trade in West Africa.



The USAID Business Environments for Agile Markets project works in developing countries throughout the world to strengthen markets, expand trade and investment, and foster prosperity through growth.


West Africa Trade HubThe USAID West Africa Trade Hub works with thousands of companies
across the region and with government and regional partners to improve the firms’ competitiveness in international markets.


Focal Points

ALCOThe Abidjan - Lagos Corridor Organization (ALCO), funded by the World Bank, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, is a joint program of the governments of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. Its objectives are prevention, treatment and care of sexually transmitted Infections (STIs), HIV and AIDS and the facilitation of the free movement of people and goods under the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme.

CBCSince its creation in 1978, the Burkinabe Shippers’ Council (Conseil Burkinabè des Chargeurs, CBC) has assisted shippers and defended their interests. This mission is of a growing importance given the landlocked status of Burkina Faso and the recent evolution of regional and international trade and transport. Mastering the transport value chain is a constant challenge to ensure sustainable development and reduction of poverty in Burkina Faso. Since 1998, CBC has become a professional public institution, mainly represented by its private sector members.

CCIThe Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Côte d'Ivoire (CCI-TR) is a public institution in charge of representing the interests of companies in the sectors of commerce, industry and services. It provides training to entrepreneurs and supports businesses. It plays a key role between business and government. ICC-CI is managed by business leaders and elected officials and leads and develops numerous activities to promote the Ivorian economy beyond its borders.

CCIADThe Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Dakar is a public institution with a professional mandate. Responsible for defending the general interests of various economic sectors for which it assumes the representation, it is, therefore, closely related to the government. It can present as an intermediary between its nationals and governments. This is an advisory body for all matters within its jurisdiction that are submitted by state authorities, but also an advocacy organization, since it can and must take the initiative to present recommendations and proposals in all areas – economic, social, tax, legal, and customs – in order to help improve the business prosperity of the region.

CCIMSince 1998, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Mali (CCIM) is a statutory public institution of a professional nature that is financially independent. Its mission is the organization and representation of individuals and legal entities operating in different branches of commerce, industry and services in the Republic of Mali. To this end it proposes to the Government any measure which seems likely to encourage the development of commercial, industrial and services, provides technical assistance and participates in the initial or continuing training in the areas of trade, industry and services.

CCITThe Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Togo (CCIT) is a public institution. An interface between business and government, its mission is advisory and representative. It also provides consultancy assignments, support, information, training and management of industrial and commercial services. Internationally, it is an organ of promotion and cooperation between Togolese enterprises and the world.

GSASince its establishment in 1974, the Ghana Shippers' Authority (GSA) has collaborated with private and public organizations to pursue its primary objective of protecting and promoting the interests of Ghanaian shippers in relation to port, ship and inland transport problems in order to ensure safe, reliable and cost effective cargo handling. The GSA operates under the ministerial responsibility of the Ministry of Transport.