ECOWAS

What is ECOWAS ?

It is the acronym for Economic Community of West African States which came into being in May 1975.

 

ECOWAS TREATY:

To foster the economic integration and shared development of West African sub-region.

ECOWAS member States:

  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cape Verde
  • Cote d'ivoire
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Togo

 

ECOWAS PROTOCOL:

  • Free Entry within 90 days
  • Right of Residence
  • Right of establishment of business

 

Free Entry within 90 days

Who qualifies?

  • All Nationals of Countries that are signatories to the ECOWAS treaty of May 1975.

Requirements

  • Valid travel documents e.g. Country's Passport or ECOWAS Travel Certificate.
  • Admission through approved port of entry.

Validity

  • 90 days

 

Right of Residence

Who qualifies?

  • All Nationals of Countries that are signatories to the ECOWAS treaty of May 1975.

Requirements

  • Valid travel documents e.g. Country's Passport or ECOWAS Travel Certificate.
  • Admission through approved port of entry.
  • Procurement of Residence Card, valid for 5 years subject to passport validity.

 

Right of Establishment of Business

Who qualifies?

  • All Nationals of Countries that are signatories to the ECOWAS treaty of May 1975.

Requirements

  • Valid travel documents e.g. Country's Passport or ECOWAS Travel Certificate.
  • Admission through approved port of entry.
  • Procurement of Residence Card, valid for 5 years subject to passport validity.
  • Registration of business with the Corporate Affairs Commission in accordance with Companies & Allied matters act of 1990
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