Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
Communauté économique des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO)
Comunidad Economica de los Estados de Africa Occidental
1975-05-28 Lagos Nigeria
Established 28 May 1975, Lagos (Nigeria), on signature of Treaty of Lagos by Heads of State of 15 West African countries; outstanding technical protocols signed Nov 1976. Cape Verde joined in 1977. Mauritania withdrew membership, 1 jan 2001. Protocol on Mutual Assistance in Defence Matters adopted 1981. May 1990, Banjul (Gambia), agreed to rationalize subregional institutions in West Africa within the framework of ECOWAS so that ECOWAS would eventually become the sole economic community of the West African region. Statutes registered in 'UNTS 1/14843'.
Promote cooperation and integration among member States leading to the establishment of an economic union in West Africa in order to to raise the living standard of its peoples and maintain and enhance the economic stability, foster relations among member States and contribute to the progress and development of the African continent.
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- Executive arm comprises: 'Authority of Heads and State and Government' (meets annually); 'Council of Ministers' (meets twice a year); ECOWAS Commission (formerly Executive Secretariat).
- Legislative arm: F-XJ4106 - Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Parliament), also referred to as 'Community Parliament';
- Judicial arm: F-XF7200 - Community Court of Justice.
- F-XF6592 - ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID);
- F-XJ4048 - Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa;
- E-XE5978 - West African Health Organization (WAHO).
- ECOWAS Brown Card Scheme;
- E-XM4409 - ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE);
- ECOWAS Gender Development Centre;
- ECOWAS Infrastructure Projects preparation and Development Unit (PPDU);
- E-XJ4542 - ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA);
- ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre;
- Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (RAAF);
- F-XF5070 - West African Monetary Agency (WAMA);
- E-XE4257 - West African Monetary Institute (WAMI);
- F-XM2992 - West African Power Pool (WAPP).
Specialized Technical Commissions.
A second monetary zone, the
F-XF6262 - West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) for the non-UEMOA Member States was initiated in 2000 to accelerate and complement ECOWAS efforts in creating a single West Africa-wide currency.
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