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Commission Économique des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique (CEA) / United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); Commission de l’Union Africaine (CUA) / African Union Commission (AUC), Ethiopia, February 14, 2011, 15p.,
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN’s five regional commissions. ECA’s mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development.
The AU is the founding institution and principal organisation in promoting and accelerating socio-economic and political integration on the continent, with a view to strengthening unity and solidarity between African countries and its peoples. It is the fruit of discussion that began within the OAU in the 1980s and which led to the official launch of the African Union as a successor to the OAU in 2002.