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ACHIEVEMENTS OF ECOWAS The body has removed all customs duties in the areas of importation and exportation of goods within the sub-region. Member states cooperate in the areas of sports and culture. ECOWAS has helped to unite the people of member nations irrespective of the differences in ideology, beliefs and so on. Formation of ECOMOG: ECOMOG was formed through ECOWAS to help maintain peace in the sub-region and it helped to restore democracy in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Member states of ECOWAS spoke against Apartheid in South Africa and neo-colonialism. The organization helped in removing all administrative restrictions on trade within the sub-region. Member states mediate in disputes among states, e.g. Nigeria and Chad, Liberia, Sierra Leone and so on. The body has eliminated obstacles to movements of persons, services and capital within the sub-region.   PROBLEMS OR WEAKNESSES OF ECOWAS Language barrier: Member states of ECOWAS do not speak… Read More »ACHIEVEMENTS AND PROBLEMS OF ECOWAS



FORMATION OF ECOWAS The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was created by the Treaty in Lagos, Nigeria, on 28th May, 1975. It was created to promote economic trade, national cooperation and monetary union, for growth and development throughout West Africa.   The administrative headquarters of the community is located in Abuja, while the fund raising headquarters is located in Lome, Togo. The establishment of the organization was masterminded by General Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria and President Eyadema of Togo. There are currently 15 member countries in the Economic Community of West African States.   The founding members of ECOWAS were : Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania (left 2002), Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Burkina Faso ( which joined as Upper Volta). Cape Verde joined in 1977.   AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF ECOWAS To promote cooperation and integration in all fields… Read More »ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES

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