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Presentation

ECOWAS was established on 28 May 1975 to promote cooperation and integration among West African countries. It was initially made up of the following sixteen (16) Member States: Benin , Burkina Faso , Cabo Verde , Cote d'Ivoire , The Gambia, Ghana , Guinea , Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali , Mauritania , Niger , Nigeria , Senegal , Sierra Leone and Togo . Following the withdrawal of Mauritania in 2001 there are now fifteen (15) Member States making up the community.

The mission of ECOWAS is to promote co-operation and development in all spheres of economic activity through the removal of all forms of trade barriers and obstacles to the free movement of persons, goods and services, as well as the harmonising of regional sector policies. The main objective is to establish a large West African common market and create a monetary union.

The fifteen (15) West African States that constitute ECOWAS



Benin
Cotonou

Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou

Cabo Verde
Praia

Côte d'Ivoire
Abidjan

Gambie
Banjul

Ghana
Accra

Guinée
Conakry

Guinée-Bissau
Bissau

Libéria
Morovia

Mali
Bamako

Niger
Niamey

Nigéria
Abuja

Sénégal
Dakar

Sierra Léone
Freetown

Togo
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