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Vol 41 No 22

Published 10th November 2000


The calabash bubbles

Almost everything that could go wrong in West Africa this year has contrived to do so. The region's biggest economies, Côte d'Ivoire and Nigeria, are hobbled by political unrest and mounting debts. Five of the war zones in the region - Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Senegal's Casamance region - are sparking off counter-offensives with their neighbours. Low commodity prices and political uncertainties have scuppered progress on the ambitious plans of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) for a a free-trade area.

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