25 March, 2020

What options for the transition from the CFA franc to the Eco?

Where: Milan

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
Corso Magenta 63

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Event's Timetable:

March 25, 2019 - h. 6:00 p.m.
(Registration of participants h. 5:30 p.m.)


Participiation is free of charge, registration is required. To participate, please write to: events@feem.it


Lecture delivered by
Kako Nubukpo, Full Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Lomé (Togo)

Mario Giro, Università per Stranieri di Perugia


The newfound freedom of speech vis-à-vis currency in the African franc zone, following the announcement on 21st December in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) of the imminent end of the CFA franc and its replacement by the Eco, brings to mind the “resurgence of repressed instincts” in psychoanalysis, in other words it is giving rise to every possible or imaginable excess, especially from the “25th hour” combatants, who are only now discovering that the CFA franc is not compatible with the emergence of French-speaking Africa.

Yet while it is important to continue putting pressure on the CFA franc, it is also essential to propose the possible outlines of the transition to the replacement currency, the Eco, whose (re)birth was announced on 29th June 2019 in Abuja (Nigeria) by the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

In this regard, our Communication try to analyze four options – among others – seem to be solid enough to unite the 15 member states invited to the Eco banquet.

Kako NUBUKPO is the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Lome (Togo). He is also a Senior Research Fellow at The Agricultural Research Centre of International Development (CIRAD), based in Paris (France), and a member of The French Development Agency (AFD) Scientific Council. He is a former Economic and Digital Director of the International Organization of Francophony (OIF) based in Paris. He is a Former Minister of Long term Strategy and Public Policy Evaluation of Togo. He is also a member of the Global Economic Governance Programme of the University of Oxford (UK) and Princeton University (USA). 

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