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West African Countries Choose New ECO Single Trade Currency

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West African Countries Choose New ECO Single Trade Currency

As part of its plans to make Africa a more integrated continent, leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have adopted the name ‘ECO’ for a planned single currency to be used in the region.

The 15 member group announced at the end of an ECOWAS summit in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Six member countries, including Nigeria, Liberia, and Ghana, could be swapping their currencies for a new one – the ECO.

Eight ECOWAS countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo) currently jointly use the CFA franc.

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Originally intended to be launched in 2000, the ECO has been postponed multiple times, and the newest target date is 2020.

ECO is supposed to boost economic development in the West African region and improve cross border trade.

If implemented, countries across the region will be able to move and spend money across different countries without worrying about exchange rate costs says economic analyst, Tokunbo Afikuyomi.
From CNN

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