African Business Guide
Internet Sources: REGIONAL ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS
This section provides links to the official web sites of selected
sub-regional economic co-operation and integration institutions
African Economic Community
(Treaty establishing the AEC: From the African Union home page, select Official Documents, then Treaties.)
The aim of the AEC is to promote economic, social
and cultural development as well as African economic integration
in order to increase self-sufficiency and endogenous development
and to create a framework for development and the mobilisation
of human resources. For information on the timeline for establishing the AEC, see the AEC page prepared by the Economic Co-operation and Development Department (EDECO).
African Regional Organization for Standardization
The African Regional Organization for Standardization
(ARSO) is the African intergovernmental body mandated to promote
standardization activities in Africa.
On September 9, 1999, the Heads of State and Government
of the Organization of African Unity issued a Declaration calling
for the establishment of an African Union with a view to accelerating
the process of integration in the continent to enable it play
its rightful role in the global economy. The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena.”
Central African Customs and Economic Union (UDEAC)
Membership: Congo (Brazzaville), Chad, Equitorial
Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic.
- Common Market for Eastern
and Southern Africa (COMESA)
Membership: Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic
of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar,
Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland,
Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale CEMA/UDEAC
Membership: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad,
Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon.
- Community of
Membership: Benin, Burkina Faso, Central Africa, Chad,
Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Gambia, Great Jamahiriya, Mali, Morocco,
Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia.
- East African Community (EAC)
Membership: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda.
Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
Membership: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic,
Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial
Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe.
- Economic Community of West
African States (ECOWAS)
Membership: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia,
Ghana, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania,
Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.
- General Secretariat of the
Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States
Information about the program and the 71 African,
Caribbean and Pacific countries that have signed the Lome Convention
with the European Union.
- Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)
Membership: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion,
- Intergovernmental Authority
on Development (IGAD)
Membership: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia,
- Lake Chad
Basin Commission (LCBC)
Membership: Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.
- New Partnership for African Development
The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is a program of the African Union (AU) adopted in Lusaka, Zambia in 2001. Its objective is to enhance Africa's growth, development and participation in the global economy.
African Customs Union (SACU)
Membership: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa,
- Southern African Development
Membership: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic
of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles,
South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- Union Economique et Monetaire
Ouest Africaine (UEMOA)
Membership: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Ivory
Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo.