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Title:Regional Integration and the Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Robson, Peter
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:Communauté Économique de l'Afrique de l'Ouest
Inter-African Relations
Economics and Trade
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/160681
Abstract:In sub-Saharan Africa, regional economic integration and co-operation have constituted an element of development strategy for more than two decades. Yet the contribution of integration to African development has not so far been great, and in some cases may even have been negative. After an outline of salient aspects of recent experience with regional co-operation in Africa, with primary reference to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Communauté économique de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEAO), this article considers what this realistically suggests for the potential contribution of regional cooperation to overcoming the African crisis, and to attaining the policy objectives set out in the 1960 Lagos Plan of Action. Priorities for improvement are indicated: a suitable infrastructure for co-operation, appropriate instruments for industrial co-operation, policy-oriented research, monetary and payments reforms. Notes.