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

18Jul2014

Food prices on the rise in West Africa: Need for urgent action

The latest FAO Food Outlook Report, the organization’s biannual report on global food markets, points out to a new acceleration of food prices, namely wheat, meat and rice. This trend reverses the international food decline experienced in the past 10 months. This is particularly visible in the region’s key food items: wheat, rice, and traditional staples like millet, sorghum and cassava.


20Jun2014

Building commodity trade infrastructure in West Africa: bringing “price” back to its source

West African economies are large commodity producers and many of them are top suppliers worldwide. Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana alone account for about 60% of the world’s cocoa production; Guinea-Bissau together with Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Senegal account for 40% of world cashew production, not to mention the importance of oil production in Nigeria alone.


11Jun2014

Welcome to the West Africa Blog!

Africa is on an unstoppable upwards trajectory. With growth forecast to reach 5.2 per cent in 2014, increasing investments and improvements across development indicators, it is now truly Africa’s moment. And West Africa is at the epicenter of this transformation: a GDP growth expected to exceed seven per cent in 2014, several countries rapidly emerging from conflict, others rising up to middle income status, better usage of the huge potential of natural resources available, and efforts for deeper integration beginning to bear their fruits and cementing this collaborative path.


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