Nation-States and the challenges of Regional Integration in West Africa - The case of Ghana (Broché)

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Since the Treaty establishing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was signed in 1975, several protocole have been adopted providing the legal and institutional framework for implementing the integration of the West African sub-region. Ail social and political stakeholders agree that regional integration is a major challenge for development in West Africa. Yet the regional integration process has been affected by many delays, even failures.
Member states have pursued a seemingly contradictory dual objective: build a Nation-state within colonial Borders and achieve regional integration to fight against under-development. Can national planning priorities be reconciled with the demands and objectives of regional integration processes in West Africa ? Since 2005, under the auspices of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme initiative, the Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO has organized a series of national seminars on West African regional integration in the ECOWAS region.
Four seminars have so far been organized in Senegal, Mali, Benin and Ghana. This anthology publishes papers presented at Ghana's national seminar on "Nation-states and the Challenge of Regional Integration in West Africa: the Case of Ghana", held in Accra from 8 to 9 November 2005. The contributors suggest that Ghana's reluctance to relinquish its sovereignty stemmed from a lack of commitment in the first 20 years of ECOWAS' existence and preoccupation with its own security and survival against internai and externat threats.
The state has currently demonstrated renewed commit-ment by establishing a Ministry of Regional Cooperation and the New Agenda for Africa's Development (NEPAD) to coordinate and manage the sub-regional integration programme. In spite of positive developments, results have been disappointing. The new ministry remains isolated and is constrained by limited resources in finance and manpower. Its approach to integration issues has been elitist and technocratic, concentrating on format trade and ignoring the importance of the informai trade that has been the traditional means of popular participation in the integration of West African economies.
Borderland communities with economic and social ties continue to engage in exchanges across political boundaries in defiance of national and state security concerns. Empowerment of Ghanaians involved in small-scale, informa] cross-border trade (in majority, women) "would not only increase the levels of social and economic integration, but would make the benefits of integration available to large sections of the population".
    • Ghana and the Politics of Sub-Regional Integration
    • Regional Integration in West Africa
    • Ghana's Agricultural Commodity Trade to ECOWAS : Implications and Options for Regional Integration
    • Gendeer-Mainstreaming National and Sub-Regional Policies Integration
    • The Paradox of West African Integration : Experiences, Perceptions and Notions of Integration among Ghanaians
    • A Single Currency for West Africa : Prospects and Challenges
  • Date de parution : 01/03/2009
  • Editeur : Karthala
  • Collection : Hommes et Sociétés
  • ISBN : 978-2-8111-0166-4
  • EAN : 9782811101664
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 160 pages
  • Poids : 0.275 Kg
  • Dimensions : 16,0 cm × 24,0 cm × 1,2 cm

Biographie de Kwame A. Ninsin

Kwame A. Ninsin is former Head of the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, Legon. He has extensively published on politics in Africa and Ghana. He is currently Head of Research at the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) in Accra.

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