A move facilitate stronger economic co-operation in West Africa was boosted on Monday (19 September) with a signing ceremony in Nigeria.
GV EXT. Headquarters of Economic Community of West African States, Lagos, Nigeria.
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SV Dr. Aboubakar Ouattara, Executive Secretary of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Mr. David Ganao, Deputy Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) seated at table.
SV PAN Newsmen seated.
SV Newsmen PAN TO Ganao speaking. (4 shots)
SEMI CU Ganao and Ouattara signing documents. (3 shots)
SV Newsmen and observing looking as documents are exchanged. (2 shots)
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was formed in 1975. Its aims include the promotion of economic co-operation and development among member countries, the improvement of their standard of living, and contribution to the progress and development of Africa. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. (ECA), which has headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was founded in 1958, and is responsible for promoting Africa's economic and social development and for strengthening the economic relations of African countries, both among themselves and with the rest of the world.
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Background: A move facilitate stronger economic co-operation in West Africa was boosted on Monday (19 September) with a signing ceremony in Nigeria. The ceremony marked the implementation of a number of projects agreed between the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the Economic Community of West African States.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony was held at the Community's headquarters in Lagos, the Nigerian capital. It was attended by representatives of the community's 16 member states as well as the U.N. Commission's Deputy Executive Secretary Mr. David Gnao, and the Community's Executive Secretary Dr. Aboubakar Ouattara.
Before the signing of the so-called 'project document' Mr. Ganao outlined the various benefits of the projects being undertaken. The ceremony follows the signing in Ethiopia earlier this month (9 September) of a memorandum of co-operation and assistance between the two organisations.
The U.N. Commission will carry out studies in three important areas. The areas, classified as urgent, include transport and communications co-ordination, and customs tariff structure and trade flows within the Community, as well as a general survey of economic conditions in West Africa. With the signing of Monday's document, these and other projects will now get under way.