The drivers of the economic growth of ECOWAS area are, among others, employment and investment. The potential is there with a market of 300 million people, vast natural riches and considerable geostrategic importance. For now and after some markedly turbulent years with political conflict around the whole region, ECOWAS now seeks above all stability. A stability that is a pre-condition to any attempt at integration. 2009 will be a landmark year for the economic history of the region as free circulation of its citizens is expected to come into place.
It was the final objective of the EU and
The deal itself will allow