Des raisons d'investir dans le potentiel
d'une région compétitive .
An integrated region, dynamic and thriving .
With a GDP of 13,000 billion per year, West Africa is the 18th world power economically. It includes 16 countries, the 15 member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Mauritania and represents almost 400 million inhabitants. According to the indicators of the World Bank, of the ten countries with the fastest growth in 2018, six are African and three are West African States: Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana respectively 7%, 7.9% and 8% .
This highly dynamic region economically is also at the heart of several continental and global geostrategic issues. With two thirds of the mineral reserves of the African continent, its natural potential is immense. It has in particular 30% of oil reserves and natural gas from Africa. The sub-region also provides the world in rare materials such as manganese, bauxite, uranium, gold, iron and many others, in places of deposits on a World-wide scale.
A rich cultural mix .
West Africa consists of regional ethno-settlement areas that show a strong cultural integration: the pre-colonial empires (Mali and Ghana), the Mandingo space or Peul (Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone) Hausa (Niger, Nigeria), Akan (Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo), Yoruba (Benin and Nigeria, but also, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Togo) etc.
This cultural heritage generates and encourages mutual trust and fluidity of relationships, from one border to another. Finally, entrepreneurship, strongly rooted in its people, is illustrated in the areas of import and export, hospitality and distribution, etc.