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Council of the Entente

Conseil de l’Entente

Established: May 29, 1959, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, by a convention signed by representatives from countries that were once part of French West Africa.

Purpose: To promote political, economic, and social coordination among the member states.

Headquarters: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Principal Organs: Council, Ministerial Council, Mutual Aid and Loan Guarantee Fund, Secretariat.

Web site: None.

Administrative Secretary: Paul Kouamé (Côte d’Ivoire).

Membership (5): Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Togo.

Official Language: French.

Origin and development. The Council of the Entente was formed in 1959 by Benin (then Dahomey), Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta), Côte d’Ivoire, and Niger; Togo joined in 1966. In its early years the council was seen as a vehicle for Côte d’Ivoire, by far the most economically and politically powerful member, to promote its preeminence in West ...

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