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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ECOWAS, the West African economic community, and the EU will discuss the situation in the Ivory Coast at a meeting in Accra on November 8.
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.
Currently, for instance, there are African troops in Cote d'lvoire, contributed by the West African Economic Community Monitoring Group (ECOMOG).
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