Western African Economic Integration (Bachelor's Degree Africa)

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Western Africa Economic Integration (Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business, e-learning, third semester)


Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business

Subject - “Western Africa Economic Integration” (4 ECTS) - Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business (third semester)

Doing Business in West Africa

The main objective of the subject “Doing Business in West Africa”, is to offer a global vision of the West African Economy, International Trade and business opportunities in West Africa.

  1. To learn to do business in Senegal, Nigeria, Burkina, Benin, Togo, Mali, Ghana, Sierra Leone...
  2. To understand the importance of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), the WAMZ (West African Monetary Zone) and the WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union)
  3. To analyse the business opportunities, international trade and investments (FDI) in the countries of the region
  4. To understand Free Trade Agreements in the region
  5. To know the main Businessmen of West Africa
  6. To know the main ports and trans-African corridors of West Africa
  7. To develop a Business Plan for West Africa

Economic integration in West Africa

West African Economic Integration

Syllabus of the Program: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

  1. Introduction to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  2. Institutions of the Economic Community of West African States
    1. ECOWAS Commission
    2. Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States
    3. Court of Justice of the Community
  3. Socio-economic context of the region of West Africa
  4. Main development challenges in West Africa, ECOWAS strategic plan and the project vision 2020
  5. West African Common Industrial Policy of the ECOWAS
  6. Free-Trade Area and the Customs Union of the ECOWAS
  7. Common external tariff of the Economic Community of West African States
  8. Scheme of Foreign trade liberalisation between the Economic Community of the States of West Africa
  9. Protocol on free movement of persons and establishment
  10. Transport and trade facilitation
    1. Convention on the Road transport of merchandises between the States of the ECOWAS
  11. West African Monetary Institute
  12. ECOBANK
  13. West African Development Bank
  14. West African Monetary Agency
  15. Case Study:
    1. ASKY
    2. FABER Fund
    3. Power Pool of West Africa (WAPP)
  16. European Union-ECOWAS Economic Association Agreement (in negotiation)
  17. Religious diversity in the region of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): Islam and Christianity

Objectives of the Program “Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)”:

  1. To understand the objectives, functions and institutions related to the Economic Community of West African States
  2. To evaluate the advantages for the member countries of the ECOWAS and the areas of cooperation
  3. To know the socio-economic context of the countries of the region of West Africa
  4. To analyse the Economic Integration process and International Trade between the member countries of the Economic Community of West African States
  5. To understand the free-trade area and the Customs Union of the Economic Community of the States of West Africa
  6. To analyse the ECOWAS foreign trade liberalisation and facilitation programs
  7. To analyse the role of the institutions related to the ECOWAS: IMAO, ECOBANK, AMAO.

Syllabus of the Program: West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).

  1. Introduction to the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
  2. Objectives of the WAEMU
  3. Functioning and institutions of the West African Economic and Monetary Union
  4. Treaty of the WAEMU
  5. Main policies applied by the West African Economic and Monetary Union
    1.  WAEMU Common Market
    2. Common external tariff
    3. Sectorial Policy
  6. Economic and politician context of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
    1. Countries of the WAEMU: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo
    2. Economic outlook of the WAEMU countries
    3. Competitiveness of the WAEMU countries
  7. State of the regional integration
  8. Case Study:
    1. Impact of the Malian crisis in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
    2. Vulnerability of the economies of the WAEMU
  9. Financial system of the West African Economic and Monetary Union
  10. Fishing sector in the zone of the WAEMU.
  11. Central Bank of the West African States
    1. History of the CFA franc
  12. Development Bank of West Africa (BOAD)
  13. WAEMU Customs Code
  14. Case Study: impact of the global crisis on the economies of the member states of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
  15. European Union-WAEMU Economic Association Agreement (in negotiation)

Objectives of the Program “West African Monetary Zone (WAEMU)”:

  1. To understand the objectives and functions of the West African Monetary Zone
  2. To understand the Treaty of the WAEMU
  3. To evaluate the advantages for the member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
  4. To analyse the economic and political context of the West African Monetary Zone
  5. To analyse the Economic Integration process (Common Market, common external tariff) and International Trade between the member countries of the West African Monetary Zone (WAEMU)
  6. To know the Customs Code of the WAEMU
  7. To analyse the financial system of the WAEMU and the role of the Central Bank of the West African States
  8. To analyse the role of the institutions related to the West African Monetary Zone (WAEMU)

West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)-United States Trade and Investment Framework Agreement

  1. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement between the West African Economic and Monetary Union and the US
  2. Objectives of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement
  3. International Trade WAEMU countries-United States

Syllabus of the Program: Niger Basin Authority (ABN).

  1. Introduction to the Niger Basin Authority (ABN)
  2. Agencies of the Niger Basin Authority
  3. Socio-economic profile of the region of the Niger Basin: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria

Objectives of the Program “ Niger Basin Authority”:

  1. To understand the objectives of the Niger Basin Authority
  2. To know the socio-economic profile of the region of the Niger Basin

Syllabus of the Program: Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River

  1. Introduction to the Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River
  2. Economic profile of the Senegal River: Guinea, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal
  3. Water Charter of the River Senegal
  4. International Navigation Code
  5. Institutional framework of the Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River
  6. History of the Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River

Objectives of the Program “Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River”:

  1. To understand the objectives and programs of the Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River
  2. To analyse the economic profile of the Senegal River

Syllabus of the Program: Other Organisations in West Africa

West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ).

  1. Introduction to the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)
  2. Countries of the WAMZ: the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone
  3. Strategic plan of the West African Monetary Zone
  4. West African Monetary Institute
  5. Structure of the West African Monetary Institute
  6. Case Study:
    1. WAMZ Payments System Development Project
    2. Opportunities for increasing the Cross-Border Trade in the Banking Sector
  7. Economy of the region of the West African Monetary Zone

Mano River Union (MRU)

  1. Introduction to the Mano River Union
  2. Countries of the Mano River: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Ivory Coast
  3. Institutions of the Mano River Union (MRU)
  4. Programs of the Mano River Union
  5. Economic development and regional integration

G5 Sahel

  1. Introduction to G5 Sahel: Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad
  2. Threats of jihadist terrorism in the Sahel (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, The Movement for the Unity of Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) - Al Mourabitoune, Boko Haram).
  3. Objectives of the G5 Sahel: fight against jihadist terrorism
  4. Pilot scheme of the G5 Sahel
    1. Conference of Heads of State
    2. Council of Ministers
    3. Permanent Secretariat
  5. Partnerships of the G5 Sahel with France, the EU, Japan, the United Nations

We Trust in Africa

  1. ECTS = European Transfer and Accumulation System
  2. CECT = Credit of Capitalisable and Transferable Evaluation (CAMES)

Samples: Western Africa Economic Integration (Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business, e-learning, third semester)

West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU)

ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States

West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)

Common Market (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

Niger Basin Authority

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