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IV. West Africa

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West Africa's pivotal role in the international cocaine trade continued to grow. The US called off plans to establish the headquarters of its new Africa Command (AFRICOM) in the sub-region. Galloping price rises were the most significant development, putting many staple foods and fuel beyond the reach of all but the more well-to-do among West Africa's urban dwellers, while peasants benefited minimally due to the rise in fertiliser costs. The West African Health Organisation donated CFAfr 180 m to Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger for the fight against meningitis, which is often spread across the Sahel by the Harmattan wind during winter. The project, part of the West African Power Pool programme, involves the construction of a power connection that will increase transmission capacity between Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana.

Keywords:Benin; Ghana; Nigeria; Togo; West Africa



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