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

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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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Monitors trends and developments in the regional economy, evolution of the economic development and integration process. Coordinates and harmonizes the macroeconomic policies of Member States, including: implementation of the ECOWAS single currency programme; monitoring and evaluation of performance and macroeconomic convergence; cooperation with other regional and international institutions. ECOWAS Sectors: Energy; Civil Society; Infrastructure; ICT; Trade; Water; Agriculture; Health and Social Affairs; Telecommunications; Political Affairs. Management of treaties and agreements: Convention sur les Armes Légères et de Petit Calibre, leurs Munitions et Autres Matériels Connexes.


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Relations with 93 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 51 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 15 countries
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  • Government
    • Nation State
    • Intergovernmental Communities
  • Economics
    • Economic
  • Development
    • Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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