Liberia has declared a state of emergency in an attempt to stop the Ebola outbreak spreading across West Africa (photo: dpa)

Ebola virus threatens West Africa's success

West Africa has transformed itself from a region of war-torn countries depending on foreign aid to a beacon of success. An outbreak of the world’s deadliest virus in West Africa commands the headlines but political stability and the exploitation of natural resources is transforming the region which still faces many challenges and threats.

WEST Africa is increasingly seen by Western countries as a complementary or alternative source for oil, as other energy supply regions become more unstable. The rush for energy resources in some West African countries is leading an infrastructure boom accompanied by rising consumer markets and positive development trends.

But in 2000, We...

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Professor Jaime Nogueira Pinto
The region`s stake in global oil production has attracted major Western oil companies because of its geographic proximity, high quality fuels and relatively barrier-free markets
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