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Languages

West African languages are one of the communities’ pillars. Of the 2 000 living languages registered in Africa, 1 200 are spoken in West Africa. Hausa, mandingo, peul and yoruba are the main regional languages that are spoken beyond national borders.

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  • Regional Organisations

    West Africa is the most advanced African region in terms of regional co-operation, though much remains to be done. Existing measures for further integration include: laws in support of the free movement of people and goods, a common external tariff, regional food crisis prevention and management, a common agricultural policy, mining policy, intraregional electricity exchange, regional gas pipelines, a joint position on migration, regional conflict prevention, cross-border co-operation, etc. Joint action is not only an efficient way to tackle development challenges, but it also helps the region to better call attention to its interests at the international level.

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  • Dynamiques démographiques

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