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ECOWAS: The Economic Community of West African States

27 pages19 minutes


In 1975, 15 of the 16 countries in West Africa got together and formed the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with a long list of laudable economic goals for the region. In this e-book, I will briefly describe this economic regional organization and the main assumptions which led to its creation; discuss this region’s economy and its successful and unsuccessful attempts at economic integration, offer an unbiased evaluation of the organization so far, and speculate about its future.

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