ISBN 9782869786325
Pages 146
Dimensions 234 x 156mm
Published 2015
Publisher CODESRIA, Senegal
Format Paperback

Regional Economic Communities

Exploring the Process of Socio-economic Integration in Africa

edited by Akinpelu O. Olutayo, Adebusuyi I. Adeniran

This book examines how the existence of overlapping regional institutions has presented a daunting challenge to the workings of various Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on the African continent. The majority of the African countries are members of overlapping and, sometimes, contradictory RECs. For instance, in East Africa, while Kenya and Uganda are both members of EAC and COMESA, Tanzania, which is also a member of the EAC, left COMESA in 2001 to join SADC. In West Africa, while all former French colonies belong to ECOWAS, they simultaneously keep membership of UEMOA, an organization which is not recognized by the African Union (AU). Such multiple and confusing memberships create unnecessary duplication and dims the light on what ought to be priority.

Various chapters in this book have therefore sought to identify and proffer solutions to related challenges confronting the workings of the RECs in different sub-regions of the African continent. The discourses range from security to the stock exchange, identity integration, development framework, labour movement and cross-border relations. The pattern adopted in the book involves devolution of related discussions from the general to the specific; that is, from the continental level to sub-regional case studies.

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About the Editors

Akinpelu O. Olutayo

Akinpelu O. Olutayo is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a visiting lecturer to the University of Ghana; University of Botswana; Olabisi Onabanjo University and Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. He is an external examiner at various universities in Nigeria and overseas. He has published more than 50 scholarly articles in established local and international journals. He has also written some books and edited several others.

Adebusuyi I. Adeniran

Adebusuyi I. Adeniran is a lecturer/researcher in Sociology at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and a visiting researcher at Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Canada. He holds a PhD in Development Sociology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has published in widely acclaimed local and international journals, periodicals, books and encyclopaedias. He is a recipient of the Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant (Canada 2011) and CODESRIA’s Comparative Research Network Grant (2012) among other scholarly awards.

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