Single currency hopes to unite West African nations

Implementation of the ECO was delayed several times, but recent agreement on African free trade area is seen as enough incentive for the region's leaders to launch it next year after three failed attempts.

by

    West African leaders are gathering in Ivory Coast to plan the rollout of a single shared currency.

    It is part of a plan to strengthen regional ties and boost trade.

    The move would mean eight former French colonies giving up their use of the CFA Franc currency.

    Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reports from Abidjan.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Residents of long-neglected northwestern tribal belt say incorporation into Pakistan has left them in a vacuum.