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Trade Facilitation Capacity Needs

Policy Directions for National and Regional Development in West Africa

  • Gbadebo Odularu
  • Philip Alege
  • Objectively addresses inclusive development and trade policy issues

  • Provides innovative solutions to current challenges

  • Includes comprehensive, practical and workable trade facilitation policy recommendations towards making West Africa a strategic player in regional and global trade landscapes


About this book


This book provides a comprehensive analysis of both national and regional trade facilitation capacities, issues, challenges and lessons, with a special interest in sustainably advancing West Africa’s regional trade facilitation agenda. It examines the contributions of trade facilitation towards enhancing regional integration and economic expansion in the face of increasing non-tariff barriers, asymmetries and opacity that highly characterises West African agri-food and non-agricultural markets. The authors recommend new conceptual frameworks, appropriate initiatives, and workable policy recipes towards enhancing West Africa’s trade facilitation agenda as well as the regional economic transformation trajectory. The book underscores the geopolitics, opportunities and challenges that confront West Africa in the increasingly dynamic regional trade facilitation policy space. Readers will learn how West Africa can improve its regional trade facilitation game amidst emerging capacity challenges.


trade Nigeria West Africa agriculture economic expansion trade facilitation growth development multilateral trade agreements

Editors and affiliations

  • Gbadebo Odularu
    • 1
  • Philip Alege
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Accounting, Economics and FinanceSchool of Business and Technology Marymount UniversityArlington, VAUSA
  2. 2.Department of Economics and Development StudiesCovenant UniversityOtaNigeria

About the editors

Gbadebo Odularu is a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Political Economy (CREPOL), Dakar-Yoff, Senegal. Professor Odularu is also affiliated with the School of Business and Technology, Marymount University, Arlington, as well as the American Heritage University of Southern California (AHUSC), USA.

Philip Alege is a Professor in the Department of Economics and Development Studies and Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.



Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Trade Facilitation Capacity Needs
  • Book Subtitle Policy Directions for National and Regional Development in West Africa
  • Editors Gbadebo Odularu
    Philip Alege
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-05945-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-05946-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 117
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Development Economics
    African Economics
    International Economics
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