Economic Community of West African States

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Economic Community of West African States

Also called ECOWAS. An organization founded to promote economic integration among 15 countries in West Africa. Institutionally, it is modeled on the European Union, with a Commission, Parliament, and Court of Justice. ECOWAS controls a development bank and works to reduce barriers between member nations. It was founded in 1975.
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On October 12, the United Nations Security Council approved an international military mission in Mali and commissioned UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to draw up detailed plans for a military intervention, involving the West African Economic Community (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU).
When it was created, it was to contribute to regional integration, an agenda then high on the list of Ecowas, the West African economic community.
President Kabbah owes his return not to some great power's intervention but to a multinational force serving the 16-nation West African Economic Community, ECOWAS.
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