The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Office for West Africa has raised the alarm that 200 million or 53.5 per cent of West Africans live below poverty line.
It said that West Africa had a population of about 377 million in 2018.
The of Director UNECA, Bakary Dosso, said at the Expert Group Meeting
Draft Agenda in Liberia that the situation demonstrated the magnitude of the challenges the sub-region was facing.
The countries in the sub-region needed to institute major reforms to their macro-economic and financial frameworks, invest in human capital, tackle infrastructure deficits.