United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique (CEA)
Comisión Económica de las Naciones Unidas para Africa (CEPA)

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29 Apr 1958, within the framework the United Nations (UN) and under implementation of Resolution 671A (XXV) of United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), when members were 8 independent African States (Egypt; Ethiopia; Ghana; Liberia; Libya; Morocco; Sudan; Tunisia), 6 colonial powers (Belgium; France; Italy; Portugal; Spain; the United Kingdom) and the then Union of South Africa. Associate members were: Gambia; Kenya; Nigeria; Sierra Leone; Tanganyika; Uganda; Zanzibar; UK-administered Somaliland Protectorate. 28 July 1958, Italian-administered Trust Territory of Somaliland was admitted to associate membership and, 12 Dec 1958, Guinea became a full member. Between 1958 and 1982, 41 other African countries achieved independence and subsequently became full members of the Commission. By 1963, Italy and Belgium had ceased to be members and France, Spain and UK had become associate members, allowing the non-self governing territories still under their administration direct representation as associate members. South Africa was suspended and Portugal expelled from the Commission in 1963. First Session held 29 Dec 1958 - 6 Jan 1959, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). Also referred to by English initials UNECA.


Promote the economic and social development of its member States; foster intra-regional integration; promote international cooperation for Africa's development; provide advisory services in key thematic fields: Macroeconomic Policy; Regional Integration and Trade; Social Development; Natural Resources; Innovation and Technology; Gender; Governance; Statistic.

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2020 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Annual Session

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Knowledge management/information dissemination; research/documentation; advocacy/lobbying/activism; politics/policy/regulatory; capacity building; guidance/assistance/consulting.


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Arabic, English, French.


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Relations with 129 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 29 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 54 countries
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  • Economics
    • Economic
  • International Relations
    • United Nations

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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