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ZEI and WAI discuss contents of their forthcoming joint research activities

For the purpose of the fourth ZEI-WAI working group meeting in the framework of the initial phase of cooperation between ZEI and the West Africa Institute in Praia, Cape Verde, ZEI Director Prof. Ludger Kühnhardt again welcomed a delegation of the West Africa Institute (WAI) in Bonn. The cooperation project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The high-ranking group of visitors consisted of the Chairman of the Board of WAI, the General Director of WAI, the future Scientific Program Director of WAI as well as of a member of the Scientific Committee of WAI.  The West Africa Institute is the first research institution West Africa, dealing only with issues of regional integration. It tries to establish closer links between academia and politics. This new research center is financially and institutionally backed and promoted by the most essential regional integration institutions in West Africa, which see the establishment of WAI as a lighthouse project. WAI had asked the Center for European Integration Studies for a close cooperation during its phase of establishment.

During the meeting, discussions concentrated on the academic content of the next phase of cooperation that is planned to be conducted between 2012 and 2015. A detailed design for the research work of three African-European study groups in the areas, “Regional Integration and Policy Formulation Processes”, “Economic Integration and Regional Trade” as well as “Institutional Capacity Development” for regional integration was elaborated. Both sides look forward to continuing their cooperation and research work successfully in the years 2012-2015.  The research results that are to be expected, will contribute innovative impulses to the comparative academic discussion of regional integration efforts in West Africa and to their practical implementation.

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