United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

ECA Headquarters, Addis Ababa

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

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 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:


Executive Secretaries

Name Country Years
Carlos Lopes  Guinea-Bissau 2012-present
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 also


  1. ECA: Office of the Executive Secretary
  2. "Overview of the ECA". UNECA.
  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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