West African Economic Area

EENI- School of International Business

Subject: West African Economic Area. Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the West African Economic Area of the African Civilisation
  2. Islam and Christianity in the West African Economic Area
  3. Economic Profile of the West African Countries
  4. Business People of the West African Economic Area
  5. Interactions of the West African Economic Area with the rest of the African Economic Areas (Central Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa, and Maghrebian)
  6. Interactions of the West African Economic Area with the economic areas of the other civilisations
  7. Logistics in West Africa
  8. Economic Organisations related to the West African Economic Area

The objectives of the subject “West African Economic Area” are the following:

  1. To define the economic characteristics of the West African Economic Area
  2. To know the economic profile of the Western African Countries
  3. To understand the influence of Islam and Christianity on the West African Economic Area
  4. To learn the processes of economic integration in the West African Economic Area
  5. To analyse the main business people in West Africa
  6. To explore the economic relationships with others economic areas of the different civilisations
  7. To analyse the main economic organisations related to the West African Economic Area
Subject “West African Economic Area” is studied...
  1. Course: West Africa
  2. Doctorates: Religions and Business, Africa, Islamic Countries
  3. Masters (e-learning): Sub-Saharan Africa, Muslims Countries, BRICS Countries (Nigeria), Frontier Markets, Economic Relations, Global Business
  4. Degree in Inter-African Business

Languages of study English or French Afrique Ouest Spanish Africa Occidental Portuguese Civilizações

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  1. Credits of the subject “West African Economic Area”: 2 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: two weeks

Opening of the U-EENI University in Africa

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS/CEDEAO)

We Trust in Africa

Description of the Subject: The West African Economic Area:

The West African Economic Area consists of fifteen countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

ECOWAS ZMAO WAEMU

  1. English and French are the main “linguas francas” in the region
  2. Portuguese is spoken in Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau
  3. Arabic is spoken in the North of the Sahel
  4. One should also take into account local languages like Yoruba, Hausa or Wolof
  5. Major religions in West Africa are Islam (54% of the population) and Christianity
  6. Main West African Economy is Nigeria, which is also the first African Economy, and may be the Central State of the African Civilisation
  7. Senegal is a country of reference, especially in the francophone area
  8. West Africa is the most dynamic region of Africa
  9. The largest ports in West Africa are the Port of Abidjan, Lagos, Dakar, Tema, Lomé, and Cotonou
  10. Trans-African Corridors crossing through West Africa: Corridor Cairo-Dakar, Corridor Dakar-Lagos, Corridor Lagos-Mombasa, Trans-Sahelian Highway, Algiers-Lagos Corridor, and N’Djamena-Djibouti Corridor

Doing Business in West Africa

There are three major processes of economic integration in West Africa:

  1. Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo are members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  2. Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo are members of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
  3. The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone are members of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)

West African Economic Integration

Other trade agreements and economic institutions in West Africa.

  1. Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo are members of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)
  2. Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal are members of the Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River
  3. Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea are members of the Mano River Union (MRU)
  4. Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria are part of the Niger Basin Authority
  5. Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo are part of the Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)
  6. Bank of the Central African States
  7. Maritime Organisation for West and Central Africa

Nigerian Businesswomen: Hajia Bola Shagaya, Folorunsho Alakija, Adenike Ogunlesi, Folake Folarin-Coker, Dra. Amina Odidi, and Tara Fela-Durotoye.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote Nigerian Businessman

Nigerian Business People: Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr Mike Adenuga, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Tunde Folawiyo, Tony Elumelu, Orji Uzor Kalu, Adewale Tinubu, Jim Ovia, Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, Dr Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, and Olufemi Otedola

Amadou Hampaté Bá (Malian Historian)

Personalities of West Africa: Sheikh Anta Diop, Ahmadou Hampaté Bá, Boubou Hama, Wole Soyinka, Leopold Sédar Senghor, Christophe Wondji, Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Djibril Tamsir Niane, Albert Adu Boahen Kwadwo, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and Akin Mabogunje.

Interactions of the West African Economic Area with the other civilisations

The Generalised System of Preferences (SPG) of the EU

  1. The West African beneficiaries countries of the Scheme Everything But Arms (EBA) of the EU are Niger, Benin, Liberia, Togo, Burkina Faso, Senegal, the Gambia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cape Verde, and Guinea-Bissau
  2. Cape Verde is a beneficiary of the SPG+

Cape Verde, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo are part of the Cotonou Agreement of the European Union (EU).

The European Union has a Free Trade Agreement with Ivory Coast and with Ghana. The EU-West African Countries Economic Partnership Agreement (in negotiation) (ECOWAS and UEMOA).

All the countries in West Africa are beneficiaries of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) of the United States.

Trade Preferential System among the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC-TPS)

  1. No country in West Africa has signed the Framework Agreement + PRETAS (Protocol on the Preferential Tariff Scheme) + Rules of origin
  2. Guinea, Niger, Sierra Leone, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Benin, Nigeria, and Ivory Coast have signed the Framework Agreement + PRETAS
  3. Senegal only has signed the Framework Agreement
  4. Mali and Togo have not ratified the Agreement

All the West African Countries are members of the African Development Bank, New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), African Union (UA), and the Economic Commission for Africa (CEA).

EENI's students in Burkina Faso
Master in International Business (Burkina Faso)

Samples

West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)

Tara Fela-Durotoye Nigerian Businesswoman

Hajia Bola Shagaya Nigerian Businesswoman

Doing Business in Niger

Doing Business in Ivory Coast

West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU)

United States-West African Economic and Monetary Union Agreement

Niger Basin Authority

Port of Cotonou (Benin)

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Liberia

Trans-Sahelian Highway, Dakar-N’Djamena Corridor

Dakar-Lagos Trans-African Corridor



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