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Incentives for cross-border trade are quite diverse in Burkina Faso. In addition to the facilitation initiatives listed above, the National Export Strategy (SNE) identifies promising sectors to promote exports. The Agency for the Promotion of Exports of Burkina Faso (APEX-B) supports companies in finding outlets for their exports Cross-border traders

The professional associations working in the field of cross-border trade in Burkina Faso are: the Professional Association of Approved Customs Brokers (APCDA), the Organization of Carriers of Faso (OTRAF), the Union of Road Drivers of Burkina (UCRB) the Professional Group of Industrialists (GPI) and importing and exporting traders.

Women participate fully in household income. In the countryside, they have their own share of agricultural work and are seen in the fields at the same time as their husbands employed in different tasks. In town, women who do not have a salaried job often open a small business, there is no shortage of commercial activities to bring in a surplus of income for the family.

Parity in the civil service also seems to be appropriate since one out of two civil servants is a woman. The same is true in large companies and public companies.

Whole sections of the economy are even owned by women's groups (this is particularly the case for the production and processing of shea butter). Even in politics, women are not left out since within parties and governments they reach positions of responsibility. Proof of their dynamism and commitment to work, women ministers manage to be as bad, corrupt and inefficient as their male peers.

Finally, it should be noted that most cross-border trade is carried out by women: textiles, clothing or foodstuffs pass through the holds of public transport buses mainly used by women who often cross several borders for this activity. import Export.

Business opportunities for cross-border traders include :

• Initiatives in favor of the facilitation of cross-border trade, in particular the implementation of the measures of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA);

• The dematerialization of pre-clearance procedures through the establishment of the Virtual Liaison System for Import and Export Operations (SYLVIE);

• The establishment of the interconnection of customs computer systems between Burkina Faso and Togo;

• The dematerialization project of the ECOWAS certificate of origin;

• The setting up of Juxtaposed Control Posts at Cinkansé on the border of Burkina Faso and Togo.