The Impact of Europe in 1992 on West Africa
April 1989, Brussels
Held at the headquarters of the Commission of European Communities in Brussels, the purpose of this high-level seminar was to examine the tangible impact of the effects of the 1992 single European market on West Africa and, based thereon, to develop a plan of action for governments and the business community as to how best to adapt to the emerging situation. Further, it was to deduce from the EC experience a blueprint for steps required to move towards a more open and integrated market and more intensive cooperation in West Africa.
Some 40 leading African and European policy-makers participated in a most stimulating exchange. One of its major results was a recommendation to convene an independent group which would be asked to study the causes of lack or progress on sub-regional integration and to propose measures to revitalize the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as an effective sub-regional organization.
The Challenge of Agricultural Production and Food Security
in Africa – July 1989, Ota, Nigeria
This major conference was addressed, among others by former President Jimmy Carter. As a direct follow-up, missions composed of African conference participants visited about a dozen African countries with a view to sensitizing and raising awareness of the issues and problems among a cross-section of governments, administration officials, chambers of commerce, farmers and women organizations, financial institutions and agro-industry establishments. These missions are also intended to obtain first-hand information on agricultural success stories that could be replicated elsewhere and on failures which should be guarded against in other countries.
The Challenge of Economic Reforms in Africa
28 and 29 September 1989, Washington, D.C
Organized in the wake of the annual meetings of the Bretton Woods institutions, at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C, the purpose of this conference was to assess in a frank manner the problems of economic reforms, their requirements in terms of sacrifice, inputs and resources, the political dimension and prospects for outside co-operation with Africa. Participants included a number of African Ministers of finance and planning and a panel of distinguished personalities from the various regions of the world who were asked to comment from their viewpoints about the subject, among them Robert McNamara, former Phillipine Prime Minister Cesar Virata and the deputy Director of the Africa Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences.