West Africa is at the heart of Africa’s transformation. With a projected growth rate of 7.4 per cent in 2014, it is the fastest growing region in the continent. As many of its countries undergo a strong stabilization, emerge from conflict, or even rise to middle income status, the region begins to reap the fruits of its regional and global integration. A global demand for expert opinions and analysis is rising rapidly. Read More


Why and when to introduce a single currency in ECOWAS

The creation of a single currency in West Africa remains a timely and relevant project. This is despite post Euro zone crisis uncertainties, and the postponement, for the fourth consecutive time, of the introduction of a single currency in member countries of the West African Monetary Zone.


Industrialisation in West Africa (1): The current state of affairs

The demographic boom and urbanization in West Africa, coupled with growing demand for more inclusive growth, are key drivers of economic transformation in the region. Natural resources exploitation is no longer sufficient in order to meet employment and social inclusion expectations, particularly amongst youth.


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Authors: Maxime Weigert

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Le Burkina, après coups d’État et attentat terroriste : quels impacts sur l’économie ?

L'insurrection d’octobre 2014, suivie d’une transition politique émaillée de coups d’État et autres remous sociaux, ont eu de fortes répercussions sur l’économie burkinabè – et de plusieurs sortes.

Des journées de travail ont été perdues, le secteur informel a été durement touché et l’activité économique nocturne fortement perturbée par un couvre-feu qui a duré plus de cinq mois.


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Authors: Facinet Sylla

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Greek lessons for West Africa (II): Borrowing and the importance of intergenerational equality

Several policy-makers have cautioned African countries to carefully learn lessons from the Greek debt crisis. Given the importance of debt sustainability to supporting economic growth in Africa and elsewhere, this article is the second in a series of blog entries aimed at promoting debate and distilling the key lessons of the Greek crisis that are applicable in West African countries.


Turning “wealth in the ground” into “human wealth”, not by taxes alone

In previous blog posts, I wrote about the revenues that are likely to materialise from new projects coming online in West Africa; the macroeconomic choices to ensure that these revenues do not have negative macroeconomic impacts and are enjoyed by future generations; and how those revenues can help to bridge the funding gap in health and education.


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