Three West African Countries including Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish local cross border cooperation among the communities along the Black Volta.
The purpose of the organization is aimed at strengthening the multilateral relations in providing adequate social infrastructural development of the communities along the Black Volta following some hindrances people encounter in accessing goods and services in and across the borders of the neighboring countries.
The organization will focus on construction of roads, Hospital facilities, Disaster relief items, Terrorist Attacks as well as security.
This was made known at Bouna the regional capital of Bounkani in the republic of Cote d’Ivoire on Friday 17th May, 2019 during a 2-day Sub-regional workshop to set up a cross- border cooperation frame work for outer space Cote d’Ivoire –Burkina Faso – Ghana.
The 2- day workshop which was presided by the Commissioner in Charge of Community Land and Planning Transportation of Cote d’Ivoire and the chairman of the West Africa Economic and Monitoring Union, Dr. Paul Koffi said the purpose of the workshop was to make a decentralized cross- border cooperation, a spring board to boost local economic development and a pivot promoting peace and integration through the implementation of the socio- economic tools and services.
He added that the West African Economic and Monitoring Union Commission (WAEMU) provided support to Cote d’Ivoire for the establishment of an adequate frame work to pilot local initiatives for cross –border cooperation among the communities of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Burkina Faso.
He charged beneficiary communities along the Black Volta to apply the frame work of ECOWAS free movement of goods and services in and around the borders of the three countries to strengthen the cross -border cooperation and also be alert on the recent threats of terrorism which has showed its ugly head.
The president of the Bounkani region of the republic of Cote d’Ivoire, His Excellency Philip Hien in an interview with the press indicated that it was necessary to formalize the frame work of cross- border cooperation among neighboring Black Volta Communities.
The District Chief Executive for Wa West Edward Sabo Laabiir who was the lead- member of the Ghanaian Delegation to Cote D’Ivoire pledged his support for the cross border cooperation frame work and hope to partner with neighboring countries to bring development to the district.
He mentioned some major border roads projects such as the Larmwaa Bridge and the Lawara Nakor road which were stalled due to lack of funds has been re-awarded on contract and are earmarked for construction by the Ghana Government to boost economic activities within the border communities along the Black Volta.
The workshop was attended by the various Heads of the Decentralized Territorial Administration of the Cote d’Ivoire –Burkina Faso –Ghana cross- border zone, officials of the Decentralization and Territorial planning of the 3 states WAEMU, ECOWAS, GIZ as well as international resource persons and experts were present to contribute to the workshop.