Regional Economic Communities: Exploring the Process of Socio-economic Integration in Africa. Edited by Akinpelu O. Olutayo & Adebusuyi I. Adeniran. Dakar, CODESRIA, 2015, 148p., ISBN: 978-2-86978-632-5Number of visits: 8132
This book examines how existence of overlapping regional-based institutions has presented a daunting challenge to the workings of various RECs on the African continent. Majority of the African countries are members of overlapping and, sometimes, contradictory RECs. For instance, in East Africa, while Kenya and Uganda are both members of EAC and COMESA, Tanzania, which is also a member of the EAC, left COMESA in 2001 to join SADC.
In West Africa, while all former French colonies, such as Mali, Cote d’Ivoire,
Togo and Benin Republic belong to the ECOWAS, they simultaneously keep
membership of the UEMOA, though unrecognized by the African Union (AU).
Such multiple and confusing memberships create unnecessary duplication and
dims the light on what ought to be priority. Various chapters in this book have
therefore sought to identify and proffer solutions to related challenges confronting
the workings of the RECs in different sub-regions of the African continent.
The discourses range from security to the stock exchange, identity integration,
development framework, labour movement and cross-border relations.
The pattern adopted in the project engages devolution of related discussions
from the general to the specific; that is, from the continental level to subregional
Akinpelu O. Olutayo is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a visiting lecturer to the University of Ghana; University of Botswana; Olabisi Onabanjo University and Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. He is an external examiner at various universities in Nigeria and overseas. He has published more than 50 research papers in established local and international journals. He has also written and edited more than 10 publications.
Adebusuyi I. Adeniran is a lecturer/researcher in Sociology at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and a visiting researcher at Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Canada. He holds a PhD in Development Sociology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has published in widely acclaimed local and international journals, periodicals, books and encyclopaedias. He is a recipient of the Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant (Canada 2011) and CODESRIA’s Comparative Research Network Grant (2012) among other scholarly awards.