Course Business in West Africa

EENI- School of International Business

E-Learning Course “Doing Business in West Africa” (33 ECTS, English)

Doing Business in West Africa

Nine subjects compose the Course “Doing Business in East Africa”:

  1. The West African Economic Area of the African Civilisation
  2. Economic Integration in West Africa
  3. Doing Business in the West African Countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo)
  4. The Nigerian Business Person
  5. Logistics in West Africa
    1. The Trans-African Highways
    2. The Largest West African Ports
  6. Other Regional Economic Institutions and Trade Agreements related to the West African markets
  7. Introduction to French and Portuguese
  8. Religious Diversity in West Africa
  9. Business Plan for the West African Markets

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Course learning materials in English (or French Afrique Ouest Spanish Africa Occidental Portuguese Africa Ocidental). The student has free access to the materials in these languages.

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The main objective of the course “International Trade and Business in West Africa” is to provide an overview of the Western African economy and business opportunities to

  1. Learn to do business in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo)
  2. Know the business opportunities in West Africa
  3. Analyse the foreign trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) in West Africa
  4. Understand the importance of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), the WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union) and the WAMZ (West African Monetary Zone)
  5. Explore the Free Trade Agreements (FTA) in West Africa
  6. Know the largest ports and the Trans-African corridors in the region
  7. Know the main West African Businessman
  8. Develop a business plan for the West African markets

Course intended for all those wanting to specialise in the West African Markets.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote Nigerian Businessman

Master in International Business University Ouaga II (Burkina Faso) and EENI
Students Master in International Business (Burkina Faso)

Mamadou Camara Senegal Mamadou Camara (Fr) representative of EENI for Senegal, Mali, and Guinea.

Course “Doing Business in West Africa” - Syllabus:

1- Economic Integration in West Africa.

The West African Economic Area (PDF) of the African Civilisation (2 ECTS)

  1. Introduction to French and Portuguese
  2. The Religious Diversity in West Africa

West African Economic Integration

  1. The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU/UEMOA) (2 ECTS)
    1. The West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)
    2. The Mano River Union (MRU)
  2. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) (2 ECTS)
  3. The Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) (0.1 ECTS)
  4. The Niger Basin Authority (NBA) (0.1 ECTS)
  5. The Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) (1 ECTS)
  6. The Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River (0.2 ECTS)
  7. The G5-Sahel

Trade Agreements with other civilisations:

  1. The Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
  2. The Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership
  3. The European Union-Ivory Coast Economic Partnership Agreement
  4. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  5. The WAEMU-US Trade Agreement
  6. The Trade Preferential System among the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (TPS-OIC)
  7. ...

2- Doing Business in the West African Countries.

  1. Doing Business in Benin (2 ECTS)
  2. Doing Business in Burkina Faso (1 ECTS)
  3. Doing Business in Cape Verde (0.5 ECTS)
  4. Doing Business in the Gambia (1 ECTS)
  5. Doing Business in Ghana (2 ECTS)
  6. Doing Business in Guinea (1 ECTS)
  7. Doing Business in Guinea-Bissau (0.5 ECTS)
  8. Doing Business in Ivory Coast (2 ECTS)
  9. Doing Business in Liberia (1 ECTS)
  10. Doing Business in Mali (1 ECTS)
  11. Doing Business in Niger (1 ECTS)
  12. Doing Business in Nigeria (3 ECTS)
  13. Doing Business in Senegal (2 ECTS)
  14. Doing Business in Sierra Leone (1 ECTS)
  15. Doing Business in Togo (1 ECTS)

ECOWAS ZMAO WAEMu

3- The Nigerian Businessman (0.6 ECTS).

  1. Alhaji Aliko Dangote: The richest men in Africa. Businessman and Philanthropist. Founder of the Dangote Group
  2. Hajia Bola Shagaya: Nigerian Businesswoman, one of the richest women in Africa
  3. Folorunsho Alakija: The richest Nigerian women
  4. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma: Businessman, former politic, and philanthropist
  5. Dr Mike Adenuga: The second richest in Nigeria, founder of Globacom
  6. Jim Ovia: Banker, the third-richest Nigerian
  7. Dr Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi: founder of Oriental Energy Resources
  8. Olufemi Otedola: founder of Forte Petroleum
  9. Abdulsamad Rabiu: Nigerian Banker
  10. Tara Fela-Durotoye: Businesswoman
  11. Tunde Folawiyo: Businessman and Philanthropist
  12. Folake Folarin-Coker: Nigerian fashion designer
  13. Orji Uzor Kalu: CEO of SLOK Holding
  14. Tony Elumelu: Director of the United Bank for Africa, Afro-capitalism
  15. Adewale Tinubu: Founder of Oando Energy Resources
  16. Adenike Ogunlesi: Businesswoman
  17. Dr Amina Odidi: Scientific and businesswoman

4- Logistics in West Africa (1.5 ECTS).

The Trans-African Highways.

  1. Dakar-Lagos Corridor
  2. Cairo-Dakar Corridor
  3. Algiers-Lagos Corridor
  4. Trans-Sahelian Highway
  5. N’Djamena-Djibouti Corridor
  6. Lagos-Mombasa Corridor

The largest West African Ports:

  1. Port of Dakar
  2. Port of Abidjan
  3. Port of Lagos
  4. Port of Lomé
  5. Port of Cotonou
  6. Port of Tema

5- Summary of the West African Historians and Personalities.

  1. Ahmadou Hampaté Bá
  2. Cheikh Anta Diop
  3. Joseph Ki-Zerbo
  4. Pathé Diagne
  5. Boubou Hama
  6. Akin Mabogunje
  7. J. F. Ade Ajayi
  8. Wole Soyinka
  9. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
  10. Christophe Wondji
  11. Djibril Tamsir Niane
  12. Albert Adu Boahen
  13. Leopold Sédar Senghor

6- Summary of other regional economic institutions and trade agreements in West Africa.

  1. Africa-China Forum
  2. Africa-India Forum
  3. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  4. African Development Bank
  5. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  6. African Union (AU)
  7. Islamic Development Bank
  8. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

7- Business Plan for the West African Markets (export, import, implementation)

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  1. Credits of the course “Doing Business in West Africa”: 33 ECTS Credits
  2. Total Tuition Fees: 1.287 Euros
  3. 20% discount for the African Students and 10% for the students of the African Diaspora
  4. Duration: 6 months

The course “Doing Business in West Africa” is studied...

  1. Masters (e-learning): African Business, BRICS Countries (Nigeria), and Frontier Markets
  2. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  3. Doctorate Islamic Countries (countries included Niger, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, the Gambia, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Guinea-Bissau.)

The students who have taken this course (Doing Business in West Africa) can validate and register for a Master or Doctorate at EENI (School of International Business).

The course “International Trade and Business in West Africa” contains exercises (Business Plan) that are evaluated, which the student must work out and pass to obtain their respective Diploma of the course "Doing Business in West Africa” issued by EENI (School of International Business).

Susana Fernández, the African Students

Methodology: e-learning/Distance Learning.

Area of Knowledge: Africa - Courses: Doing Business

The course “Doing Business in West Africa” includes the Market Access Tool:
West African Market

Abdoul Karim Ouandaogo (EENI Alumni)
Ouandaogo Abdoul Karim (Student of the Master in International Business University of Ouagadougou & EENI) winner of one WAEMU regional award.

African Students (EENI):
EENI African Students

Samples - Course Business in West Africa

West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU)

ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States

Doing Business in Senegal

Trans-Sahelian Highway (Dakar-N’Djamena Corridor)

Folorunsho Alakija Nigerian Businesswoman

Doing Business in Ivory Coast

Hajia Bola Shagaya Nigerian Businesswoman

Doing Business in Togo

West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)

Port of Dakar (Senegal)

Dakar-Lagos Trans-African Corridor

Doing Business in Niger

Common Market (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

Port of Lomé (Togo)

Niger Basin Authority

Doing Business in Burkina Faso

Port of Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

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