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Title: An Assessment of the Ecowas Communication Policy and Strategy as it Relates to the Ecowas Trade Liberalization Scheme
Authors: Attuquayefio, P.
Adama, H. M.
University of Ghana, College of Humanities, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy
Issue Date: Jul-2013
Publisher: University of Ghana
Abstract: Since its establishment in May 1975, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has consistently strived to integrate West African economies towards rapid growth and development, in order to enhance the living standards of its citizenry. However, up till date this agenda has not been successfully attained. It becomes evident in this paper that so many policies, protocols and conventions have been passed and attempted to help the attainment of the regional economic integration desired by Member States. For the sake of specificity, this research narrowed-down to the influence of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) and how it is facilitative of regional integration desired by the Community. The ultimate goal of this paper is an assessment of the ECOWAS Communication Policy and Strategy and how it facilitates the ETLS, and subsequently regional integration in West Africa. The assessment was also able to show qualitatively that the ETLS is a viable regional integration mechanism that can speed up regional integration in West Africa when fully implemented. Secondly, it was realized that the slow pace of ETLS implementation can be accelerated through the application of the provisions of the ECOWAS Communication Policy and Strategy. In conclusion, the ETLS and the ECOWAS Communication policy and Strategy are effective regional integration tools if properly handled by stakeholders. Therefore it can be said that the hypothesis that the implementation of ECOWAS communication policy and strategy is critical to the realization of the objectives of the ETLS is a viable statement. Some recommendations for the proper handling of the two protocols are listed as part of the final chapter.
Description: Thesis (MA) - University of Ghana, 2013
Appears in Collections:Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy

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