• Short Summary

    After more than three years of negotiations, 15 nations signed a treaty at an historic summit meeting in Lagos on Wednesday (28 May) formally establishing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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    After more than three years of negotiations, 15 nations signed a treaty at an historic summit meeting in Lagos on Wednesday (28 May) formally establishing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

    The 65-clause economic charter will need final ratification by at least seven of the signatory countries before it legally comes into force, but this is expected to be finalised within a few weeks.

    The member nations are: Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, The Upper Volta, Guinea, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Liberia, ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Dahomey and Guinea-Bissau.

    The birth of ECOWAS comes three years after the first joint initiative of President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo and Nigeria's Head-of-State, General Yakubu Gowon.

    The treaty is expected to standardise tariffs and trade procedures among the member states.

    An immediate benefit will be that all citizens of the West African sub-region will be able to move freely through the member countries without visas and will also be free to work and live without residence permits.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1T9T4Z26GERDM2WUTV7BS30KA
    Media URN:
    VLVA1T9T4Z26GERDM2WUTV7BS30KA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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