Communauté économique de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEAO)

West African Economic Community
Comunidad Economica de Africa Occidental

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Statutes revised 3 Jan 1966; new Convention signed Mar 1966.

Following a meeting, 1967, Accra (Ghana), organized by E-XE4174 - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), which gave rise to an Accra Protocol, CUWAS was reorganized and present name adopted 21 May 1970, Bamako (Mali).

Treaty of Abidjan signed 17 Apr 1973, Abidjan; entered into force 1 Jan 1974.

Statutes registered in 'UNTS 1/20641'.

A meeting of Heads of West African States, Apr 1968, Monrovia (Liberia), regarded the Accra Protocol as part of the Protocol for H-XH2707 - West African Regional Group and a draft treaty was subsequently prepared, originally for discussion Dec 1968, Ouagadougou, but no subsequent activity in this direction has been reported.

Military non-aggression pact signed 1977.

Ceased to exist, Mar 1994, on setting up of F-XF3713 - Union économique et monétaire Ouest africaine (UEMOA).


Encourage harmonious and balanced development of the economic activities of Member States with a view to as rapid as possible an improvement in living standards of their populations; set up at the regional level an active policy of economic integration and cooperation, in particular with respect to the development of agriculture, cattle breeding, fisheries, industry, transportation and communications and tourism; develop exchange of agricultural and industrial projects between Member States, in particular through the establishment among them of an organized trade zone.


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Conference of Heads of State (originally at least once a year, currently - since 1987 - every 2 years). Council of Ministers (meets at least twice a year). General Secretariat, headed by Secretary General. Court of Arbitration of the Community (meeting upon convocation of its President).


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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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