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ECOWAS accession and other challenges to a highly prospective relationship

Morocco was readmitted into the African Union in January 2017, concluding an almost two-decade long diplomatic struggle. With only a simple majority required, their application was all but certain to be accepted. This contrasts with the unanimity required to welcome a new member into the Economic Community of West African States, which Nigeria considers its own creation.

Nigerian public opinion is firmly opposed to allowing Morocco to join ECOWAS, but diplomatic and pro-business voices are attempting to soften this position. Bilateral relations between the two countries have received significant political support, most notably on a gas pipeline linking the two countries.

In this piece, we explore the Moroccan charm offensive and the Nigerian perspective on deepening their commercial and diplomatic relationship.


Download here: Morocco and Nigeria: unlikely bedfellows - September 2017


Oluwapelumi Joseph is an investor relations consultant in africapractice's Lagos office.

Adrian Fielding is a consultant on africapractice's intelligence and analysis team based in Casablanca.

Tim Newbold is the director for West Africa, based in africapractice's Lagos office.

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