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Wealth through Integration

Regional Integration and Poverty-Reduction Strategies in West Africa

Ayuk, Elias T., Kaboré, Samuel T. (Eds.)

2013, XXIV, 297 p. 33 illus., 21 illus. in color.

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  • The Euro crisis recently experienced by European countries has demonstrated the importance of the convergence criteria for regional integration
  • African countries increasingly recognize that regional integration can play an important role in poverty reduction
  • ​Examines how the efforts towards regional integration can influence poverty reduction in the economic and monetary community​

Could regional integration be a first step toward joining the global market? In a context where liberalizing trade has not produced the expected gains in developing countries and growth in global trade has not led to the expected  economic growth, an alternative solution has emerged. This new paradigm  suggests that  trade liberalization should be accompanied by public investment. However, by its  very nature, trade liberalization leads to a reduction in revenues from duties and taxes, which means that the available resources for  public investments will also be reduced. There are now solid arguments for encouraging the less-developed countries to first emphasize regional integration before trying to access the global market.

This book explores the issues linked to regional integration in West Africa and presents empirical data about  the experiences in = West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) countries to converge their economies. It also examines how these efforts, which make a major contribution to regional integration, influence poverty reduction in the economic and monetary community.  It will be of interest to  researchers working in this area.

 

 

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Agriculture - Common External Tariff - Decentralized financial systems - Poverty - Regional Integration

Related subjects » Development Economics - Economic Growth - Economic Policy

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