Member States

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is made up of fifteen member countries that are located in the Western African region. These countries have both cultural and geopolitical ties and shared common economic interest.

République du Bénin

Head of State/Gorvenment: H.E. Patrice Guillaume Athanase TALON

Governance: Presidential Republic

Capital: Porto-Novo

Land Area: 112.622 Km2

Population: 10,323,000

Independence: August 1, 1960

Official Language: French

Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

Burkina Faso

Head of State/Gorvenment: Roch Marc Christian KABORE

Governance: Presidential Republic

Capital: Ouagadougou

Land Area: 274,200 km2. 105,869 sq mi

Population: 2014 estimate 17,4 millions

Independence: 5th August, 1960

Official Language: French

Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

République du Cap-Vert

Head of State/Gorvenment: HE Jorge Carlos Fonseca

Governance: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Capital: Praia

Land Area: 4,033 km2 or 1,557 sq mi

Population: 2013 estimate 512,096

Independence: 5 July, 1975

Official Language: Portuguese

Currency: Cape Verdean escudo (CVE)

Côte d’Ivoire

Head of State/Gorvenment: SEM Alassane Dramane OUATTARA

Governance: Presidential Republic

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Land Area: 322,463 km2 or 124,502 sq mi

Population: 25 232 905 (2014)

Independence: 7 August, 1960

Official Language: French

Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

République de Gambie

Head of State/Gorvenment: H.E. Adama Barrow

Governance: Presidential Republic

Capital: Banjul

Land Area: 10,689 km2 or 4,007 sq mi

Population: 2013 Census 1,882,450

Independence: 18 February 1965

Official Language: English

Currency: Dalasi (GMD

République du Ghana

Head of State/Gorvenment: Nana Akufo-Addo

Governance: Unitary presidential constitutional republic

Capital: Accra

Land Area: 238,535 km2 or 92,099 sq mi

Population: 2014 estimate 27 million

Independence: 6 March, 1957

Official Language: English

Currency: Ghana cedi (GH₵) (GHS

République de la Guinée

Head of State/Gorvenment: Alpha Condé

Governance: Presidential Republic

Capital: Conakry

Land Area: 245,836 km2 or 94,926 sq mi

Population: July 2009 estimate 10,057,975[4] (81st) - 2014 census 10,628,972

Independence: 2 October, 1958

Official Language: French

Currency: Guinean franc (GNF)

République de la Guinée-Bissau

Head of State/Gorvenment: José Mário Vaz

Governance: Presidential Republic

Capital: Bissau

Land Area: 36,125 km2 or 13,948 sq mi

Population: 2010 estimate 1,647,000 - 2002 census 1,345,479

Independence: 24 September, 1973

Official Language: Portuguese

Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

République du Libéria

Head of State/Gorvenment: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Governance: Presidential Constitutional Republic

Capital: Monrovia

Land Area: 111,369 km2 or 43,000 sq mi

Population: 2014 estimate 4,092,310

Independence: 26 July, 1847

Official Language: English

Currency: Liberian Dollars (LRD)

République du Mali

Head of State/Gorvenment: Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

Governance: Presidential Republic

Capital: Bamako

Land Area: 1,240,192 km2 or 478,839 sq mi

Population: April 2009 census 14,517,176

Independence: 22 September, 1960

Official Language: French

Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

République du Niger

Head of State/Gorvenment: Mahamadou Issoufou

Governance: Unitary semi-presidential republic

Capital: Niamey

Land Area: 1,267,000 km2 and 489,678 sq mi

Population: 2012 census 17,138,707

Independence: 3rd August, 1960

Official Language: French

Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

République fédérale du Nigéria

Head of State/Gorvenment: Muhammadu Buhari

Governance: Federal Presidential Republic

Capital: Abuja

Land Area: 923,768 km2 or 356,667 sq mi

Population: 2013 estimate 174,507,539

Independence: 1 October, 1960

Official Language: English

Currency: Naira

République du Sénégal

Head of State/Gorvenment: Macky Sall

Governance: Presidential Republic

Capital: Dakar

Land Area: 196,712 km2 or 76,000 sq mi

Population: 2013 census 13,508,715

Independence: 4th April 1960

Official Language: French

Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

République de Sierra Léone

Head of State/Gorvenment: Ernest Bai Koroma

Governance: Presidential constitutional republic

Capital: Freetown

Land Area: 71,740 km2 or 27,699 sq mi

Population: 2013 estimate 6,190,280

Independence: 27 April, 1961

Official Language: English

Currency: Leone (SLL)

République du Togo

Head of State/Gorvenment: Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé

Governance: Presidential republic

Capital: Lomé

Land Area: 56,785 km2 or 21,925 sq mi

Population: 2013 estimate 7,154,237

Independence: 27 April, 1960

Official Language: French

Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)