Why is it that history must be repeated over and over again? Trade must be encouraged powerfully in order to jump start backward economies. This is not difficult.
Can they not figure out how to talk to their neighbors and to ignore rent seekers who want to use the border to steal from someone? What about the french sector itself? Paris is proud that they still call the shots. If they cannot do the obvious, then why are they still around?
An United States of Africa would be an awesome political and economic entity. It needs to be facilitated in order to produce a common currency and trade policies.