Origin and Development
Economic Commission for Africa is an organ of United Nations Organisation set up mainly for coordinating, as well as promoting the social and economic development of Africa. It was founded in 1958.
Its headquarters is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Though ECA had to work with its objectives, it adopted policies well formulated to bring member states closer to its operations.
Through these strategies, centres were established specifically for West Africa, North and Central Africa – Eastern and Southern Africa in a joint effort with the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U), to plan economic development programmes for some regions of Africa, e.g. The Monrovia strategy for economic development of Africa.
For ECA to be successful, it established multinational industries on regional basis through the effort and support received from African technical cooperation and collective reliance.