The third Conference of the African Ministers in Charge of Border Issues

Last Updated on Wednesday 29 February 2012
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The ‘3rd Conference of the African Ministers in charge of Border Issues’ is scheduled to take place in Niamey, Niger, on 14 May 2012. The Conference will be preceded by a meeting of experts, from 11 to 13 May 2012. The meetings will review the status of implementation of the various components of the African Union Border Programme (AUBP), which include: delimitation and demarcation; cross border cooperation, leading up to the finalization of the ‘AU draft Convention on Cross Border Cooperation’; capacity building; partnerships and resource mobilization. During their last Conference, which took place in Addis Ababa, from 22 to 25 March 2010, the Ministers in Charge of Border Issues adopted the Declaration on the AUBP and the Modalities for the Pursuit and Acceleration of its Implementation. The first Conference was held on 7 June 2007 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since African countries gained independence, their borders, which were drawn during the colonial period, have been a recurrent source of conflicts and disputes. Most of the borders are poorly defined and the location of strategic natural resources in cross-border areas poses additional challenges. The ongoing efforts by African leaders to address these challenges are aimed at deepening integration and preventing conflicts. Conference Programme coming soon

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