United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

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United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
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ECA Headquarters, Addis Ababa
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Map showing United Nations Economic Commission for Africa members`
Abbreviation ECA
Formation 1958
Type Primary Organ - Regional Branch
Legal status Active
Headquarters Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Executive Secretary of ECA
Carlos Lopes (2012- )[1]
Parent organization
Website ECA Website

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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)[2] following a recommendation of the United Nations General Assembly.[3]

It is one of five regional commissions.

The ECA has 53 member states corresponding to the 53 member states of the United Nations that lie within the continent of Africa.


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


See also


  1. ECA: Office of the Executive Secretary
  2. "Overview of the ECA". UNECA.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. United Nations General Assembly Session 12 Resolution 1155. Proposed Economic Commission for Africa A/RES/1155(XII) 26 November 1957. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  4. Africa Hall, published by the Administration and Liaison Office, Addis Ababa (May 1963)

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