Cross-border co-operation must become a driver of integration


In an interview given to the Swiss Co-operation and published in the June 2017 edition of Africa Brief, Laurent Bossard, director of the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD), highlighted some key challenges of cross-border co-operation. He pointed out that half the population of West Africa lives within 100-km of a border, where nothing stops “except the policies.” Even if cross-border regional co-operation is regulated between states, local cross-border co-operation regarding services and infrastructure must be facilitated. “Cross‑border co‑operation must become a driver of integration.” According to Bossard, anything that can promote flows in the South is an asset for development and will help alleviate the pressure on people to migrate to the North. The challenge is to reconcile local co-operation procedures with national and regional public policies. Added to the challenges of co-operation and development are challenges related to security,” which also rely, to a very large extent, on transnational and cross-border dynamics.”


Read the full interview on page 3 (French)