Wealth through Integration Regional Integration and Poverty-Reduction Strategies in West Africa

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 paradi...

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Corporate Author: SpringerLink (Online service)
Other Authors: Ayuk, Elias T. (Editor), Kaboré, Samuel T. (Editor)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: New York, NY Springer New York 2013, 2013
Series:Insight and Innovation in International Development
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary: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.    
Physical Description:XXIV, 297 p. 33 illus., 21 illus. in color online resource
ISBN:9781461444152