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Improving the perspective for regional trade and investment in West Africa: The key to food security, economic development and stability in the region

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August 2016

ASCL, LEI, ECDPM. 2016. Improving the perspective for regional trade and investment in West Africa: The key to food security, economic development and stability in the region. Leiden: African Studies Centre.

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Increasing concern about instability, population pressure, migration and chronic food insecurity in West Africa and growing awareness of the potential of enhanced intraregional trade and investment to contribute to sustainable and inclusive economic development, has prompted a number of donors including The Netherlands to increase their efforts to support West African integration and cooperation.

Support for regional integration and cooperation in West Africa by The Netherlands fits well within its policy framework for Aid, Trade and Investment and aligns with key Dutch policy objectives to promote sustainable and inclusive economic development and to enhance food security. Furthermore, there is increased interest from Dutch businesses to invest in and trade with West Africa and growing recognition of the opportunities for Dutch businesses, knowledge institutes and civil society to contribute to sustainable development in West Africa.


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