Background to the Study
The failure of Structural Adjustment and its successor neo-liberal policies to transform the economic structure of West African economies in any significant way has become obvious. Despite modest economic growth rates, countries in the sub-region are mired in deep poverty. The manufacturing sector virtually col- lapsed along with the jobs that it used to pro- vide. The few industries that were set up in the first two decades after independence have been wiped out and no new ones have emerged to take their place.