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Combined mid-term review and regional portfolio performance review of the regional integration strategy paper for West Africa 2011 – 2015
In November 2011, the Board approved the Bank’s Regional Integration Strategy Paper for West Africa 2011-2015 (WA-RISP), covering a grouping of 15 member countries of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Such group has a diverse mix of political, economic, social and geographic characteristics, ranging from the dominance of Nigeria the regional heavyweight, to the small size of other national markets, including landlocked countries and an island state. The WA-RISP is articulated around two pillars, (i) linking regional markets and, (ii) building capacity for effective implementation of the regional integration agenda.