By John P. Renninger
Multinational Cooperation for improvement in West Africa discusses the hindrances and clients of agencies that have been shaped to facilitate substantial cooperation within the constructing international locations of West Africa. The booklet describes and analyzes the cooperation move and the United countries approach and position in fostering the method of cooperation in West Africa. a short assessment of West African features; traits and research of improvement; heritage of the cooperation circulation; matters concerning cooperation in West Africa; prospects of the industrial neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS); and the influence of the United countries at the development of cooperation within the subregion are elucidated within the textual content. scholars of overseas reports, researchers, economists, sociologists, political leaders of the West African quarter, and the employees of United countries organizations will locate this ebook priceless.
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More importantly, the various meetings that have been held have given an indication of what the organization's substantive priorities will be during its first years of operation. Studies have been launched on ways of developing transport and communications linkages in West A f r i c a . The other area of priority will be the establishment of a customs union. To this end, proposals have been prepared on the free movement of persons, on customs nomenclature, and on trade flows within the community.
The major consequence of the newly independent s t a t e s remaining closely tied to their former métropoles was t h a t intra-West African cooperation between former British and French t e r r i t o r i e s b e c a m e an e x t r e m e l y unlikely proposition. This was particularly the case after the majority of former French t e r r i t o r i e s had gained Associate Member s t a t u s in the EEC while the former British t e r r i t o r i e s had not. (32) If such countries a r e too closely tied to the former métropole, the establish ment of meaningful economic relationships with neighboring countries will be slow to develop.
One other generalization can be mentioned. In the past it would appear t h a t the more ambitious the subregional cooperation scheme, the g r e a t e r difficulties it faced. The most ambitious undertaking of all would involve political union. One such serious a t t e m p t , the Mali Federation, could not survive its birthpangs. The Ghana-Guinea-Mali Union, although it survived longer on paper, had l i t t l e p r a c t i c a l effect. The free t r a d e a r e a initiated by the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in 1964 is an example of another grouping which never got off the ground.