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Title:Economic integration and African national development
Author:Omorogbe, YinkaISNI
Periodical:Annual conference - African Society of International and Comparative Law
Geographic term:Africa
economic integration
Abstract:Considering that development is seen as a vital necessity for African countries and considering that economic integration is conceived as an important means of achieving development, why has the situation in Africa remained so dismal and discouraging? This question is the concern of the present paper, which focuses on the cases of ECOWAS and the Treaty establishing the African Economic Community (AEC), which was signed in 1991 but still had to be implemented four years later. Various reasons have been adduced for the poor success of economic integration in Africa. A basic reason is the general lack of stability in African States. Another fundamental reason is the lack of commitment on the part of Africans to the concept of integration, or the lack of political will. A third reason appears to be a reluctance on the part of member States to cede any sovereignty in the interest of the economic grouping. ECOWAS has recently embarked on a new strategy with the aim 'to sell the ECOWAS idea to the grassroots'. The effects of this strategy are yet to be felt. Notes, ref.