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West Africa trade will take a hit as Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso leave Ecowas

By Olivier Walther, Assistant Professor in Geography, University of Florida
The membership of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has been whittled down from 15 to 12 following the unilateral withdrawal of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso in February.

Founded in 1975, Ecowas is one of eight regional economic communities recognised by the African Union to foster regional integration on the continent. Its main objective is to createThe Conversation

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