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United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA or ECA) was established in 1958 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council to encourage economic cooperation among its member states (the nations of the African continent)[1] following a recommendation of the United Nations General Assembly.[2]

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
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Formation1958; 61 years ago (1958)
TypePrimary Organ - Regional Branch
Legal statusActive
HeadquartersAddis Ababa, Ethiopia
Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa
Vera Songwe
Parent organization
United Nations Economic and Social Council
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Map showing the subregions of the ECA:
  North Africa
  West Africa
  Central Africa
  Eastern Africa
  Southern Africa

It is one of five regional commissions.

The ECA has 54 member states corresponding to the 54 member states of the United Nations that lie within the continent of Africa or in oceans nearby the continent.


The Commission's work is structured into seven programme divisions:

  • African Centre for Statistics
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Social development Policy
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Regional integration and Trade
  • Capacity Development


Member StatesEdit

Executive SecretariesEdit

The Commission's headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Name Country Years
Vera Songwe   Cameroon 2017–present
Carlos Lopes   Guinea-Bissau 2012 - 2016
Abdoulie Janneh   Gambia 2005 - 2012
K. Y. Amoako   Ghana 1995 - 2005
Layashi Yaker   Algeria 1992 - 1995
Issa Diallo   Guinea 1991 - 1992
Adebayo Adedeji   Nigeria 1975 - 1991
Robert K. A. Gardiner   Ghana 1961 - 1975
Mekki Abbas   Sudan 1959 - 1961

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Overview of the ECA". UNECA. Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  2. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 12 Resolution 1155. Proposed Economic Commission for Africa A/RES/1155(XII) 26 November 1957. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  3. ^ Africa Hall, published by the Administration and Liaison Office, Addis Ababa (May 1963)

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