Burkina Faso/Inter-municipal cooperation: Bobo-Dioulasso and Bama want to pool their efforts for harmonious development
The communes of Bobo-Dioulasso and Bama have decided to pool their energies to carry out joint development projects for the benefit of their populations. To this end, they signed a community of municipalities agreement on Friday, March 10, 2023 in the town of Sya. Through this agreement, the two communes are committed to a decentralized cooperation action through an inter-communal cooperation.
The communes of Bobo-Dioulasso and Bama are linked by their histories. Indeed, these two communes have common economic, social and environmental interests. It is therefore difficult today to see the border between these two communes. "Also, agriculture between Bobo-Dioulasso and Bama is common and the interdependence of these two communes is no longer to be denied. And this is what motivated the two communes to embark on a path of mutualization of means and efforts," explained Moussa Kafando, head of the department of decentralized cooperation and international relations of the commune of Bobo-Dioulasso.
Thus, in accordance with the decree on the general status of the community of municipalities in Burkina Faso, the municipality of Bobo-Dioulasso and the rural municipality of Bama, which formerly constituted a single territory, are committed to establishing inter-municipal relations. The objective of this project is to create a public establishment of inter-communal cooperation called the Bobo-Dioulasso/Bama Community of Communes (CCBB).
This public establishment will work to boost the partnership between Bobo-Dioulasso and Bama for the benefit of the populations of the two communes.
Considered one of the factors of local development, the concept of community of communes is fairly recent in Burkina Faso. This convention therefore specifies the areas of collaboration, its mode of operation and the roles of the various stakeholders.
According to Moussa Kafando, head of the department of decentralized cooperation and international relations of the commune of Bobo-Dioulasso, this cooperation covers several areas including culture and tourism, roads and housing, water and sanitation, etc. Given that the commune of Bama does not have a municipal police force, Bobo-Dioulasso decided to bring its municipal police force to support this sister commune. "The field is not closed, cooperation can touch other aspects. It is a win-win partnership for both communes," he said.
The president of the special delegation of the commune of Bama, Abdoulaye Traoré, expressed his joy and satisfaction for the signing of this partnership agreement.