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AFRICAN REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES

Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are the building blocks for African economic integration, and they are the foundations of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The overarching framework for African Economic Communities was established in the "1991 Abuja Treaty for Establishing The African Economic Community". The Treaty formalised the integration of already existing economic communities as well as the creation of new economic communities wherever  they may be required.  

The five (5) continental RECs arising from and consolidated in the Abuja treaty are:

North Africa (Region 1)

      I.Arab Magreb Union (AMU/UMA) (est. 1989)

      II.Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CENSAD) (est. 1998)

South Africa (Region 2) 

      I. Southern African Development Community (SADC) (est. 1992)

      II.Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) (south east) (est. 1994)

East Africa (Region 3)

      I.Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) (est. 1986)

      II.East African Community (EAC) (est. 2000)

West Africa (Region 4)

      I.Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) (est. 1975)

Central Africa (Region 5)

      I.Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) (est. 1983)

 

  

ECONOMIC COMMUNITY

OF THE SIXTH REGION

(ECO-6)

The successful integration of the African Diaspora is cornerstone to the aspirations of Africa in the 21st Century. Both the OAU and the AU have called for Diaspora re-integration within the continental economic framework. To these ends, the "Treaty Establishing The Economic Community of States, Nations, Territories, and Realms of the African Diaspora Sixth-Region" was ratified by its inaugurating Members on August 1, 2019, with full Membership ratification being open to the diverse states of the Diaspora, including but not limited to:

States

i) Federative Republic of Brazil

ii) Commonwealth of Dominica

iii) Republic of Guyana

iv) Republic of Suriname

v) Republic of Haiti

vi) Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Governments

vii) Government of Antigua and Barbuda

viii) Government of the African Diaspora

ix) Government of Bahamas

x) Government of Barbados

xi) Government of Cayman Islands

xii) Government of Guadeloupe

xiii) Government of Grenada

xiv) Government of Jamaica

xv) Government of Martinique

xvi) Government of Montserrat

xvii) Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis

xviii) Government of Saint Lucia

xix) Government of Saint Vincent and Grenadines

xx) Government of Turks and Caicos

Territories and Realms

xxi) Quilombos of Brazil

xxii) San basilio de Palenque, Colombia

xxiii) Moore Town Maroons, Jamaica

xiv) Scott's Hall/Kushite Maroons, Jamaica

xxv) Charles Town Maroons, Jamaica

xxvi) Sovereign State of Accompong

xxvii) Maroons of Suriname

All "nations" of the African Diaspora may become signatories, and all Kingdoms both throughout the Diaspora and across the continent may become members within the House of Kings.

       

ECO-6 Treaty

 

The "Treaty Establishing the Economic Community of States, Territories, and Realms of the African Diaspora Sixth-Region" provides pertinent information pertaining to the objectives, organs, and institutions of ECO-6.