ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES (ECOWAS)
- Origin of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
- Aims and Objectives of the ECOWAS
- Achievements of the ECOWAS
Origin of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
The ECOWAS was established on May 28, 1975. It was founded through the initiatives of two African leaders – General Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria and Gnasingbe Eyadema of Togo. The headquarters of the organisation is in Abuja, Nigeria. It is a sub regional economization ECOWAS is made up of 15 countries with the withdrawal of Mauritania some of the countries are as follows: Nigeria, Benin Republic, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Guinea Bissau etc.
Aims and Objectives of the ECOWAS
- To promote co-operation and development in all field of industry, transport, energy agriculture etc.
- To eliminate customs duties and other charges in respect of the importation and exportation of goods between member countries,
- To abolish administrative restrictions on trade among member states.
- To remove obstacles to free movement of people, services and capital among member states.
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