Borderless Alliance (BA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Junior Chamber International (JCI) with the aim of mobilising African youth toward implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
The agreement, which took place at the BA Secretariat in Osu, Accra, signals the beginning of a long-term collaboration between the two organisations – which will leverage on their expertise in the areas of trade advocacy and youth mobilisation to encourage youth to engage more actively in the continent’s trade policies and governance issues.
The two-year-long collaboration, which can be subject to renewal and extension, is expected to widen the geographic area of collaboration beyond the borders of Ghana and into other West African countries in the near future.
“We are pleased to associate ourselves with Junior Chamber International (JCI) in Ghana, in view of their active presence in the country and across the continent,” declared the national President of Borderless Alliance in Ghana, Ziad Hamoui. “With this MoU, we are looking forward to a long-term and growing collaboration in mobilising African youth for shaping the continental integration agenda,” he added.
Young entrepreneurs are considered among the most marginalised groups, along with women traders, regarding economic integration and the opening of African markets to competition. By actively engaging with policymakers and voicing their concerns, they stand a better chance to benefit from an integrated African market.
Borderless Alliance is a private sector-led advocacy group that promotes regional economic integration and the free movement of goods and people in West Africa, by tackling barriers to regional trade and transport.
Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ghana is a non-profit organisation of young active citizens aged 18 to 40, who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities. They are young active citizens who find targetted solutions to local issues that benefit and impact their communities, their world and their future.