The Economic Commission for Africa was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations 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.
ECA’s dual role as a regional arm of the United Nations and a part of the regional institutional landscape in Africa positions it well to make unique contributions to member states’ efforts to address their development challenges.
ECA’s work program focuses on promoting regional integration in support of the African Union vision and priorities, and meeting Africa’s special needs and emerging global challenges.
Within these two areas, ECA focuses on:
Regional integration, trade and infrastructure
Meeting the Millennium Development Goals with a special emphasis on poverty reduction and growth, sustainable development and gender
Promoting good governance and popular participation
ICT, science and technology for development
Statistics and statistical development