In this Doing Business report published by the World Bank in 2014, the resource examines several key aspects of doing business in the ECOWAS trade bloc, such as the ease of starting a business, protecting investors, trading across borders, and enforcing contracts. The resource also includes viewer friendly maps, graphs, and other figures to illustrate the information within the report.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was established in 1975 with the mission of promoting the economic and social development of its member countries. Its site provides useful information on essential agencies and institutions in this region, such as health and monetary agencies. Other information includes the agreements, protocols, and activities of ECOWAS.
The ECOWAS Directorate of Agricultural and Rural Development aims to promote rural development, food safety, and improvements in biotechnology within West-African agriculture. Its website contains a wide variety of information about the trade bloc's agricultural policy, areas of intervention, and regulations. Recent news related to West-African agriculture is also posted and updated frequently on the site's homepage. Portions of the site are available only in French.
The Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE) is a sector of ECOWAS that is responsible for developing sustainable energy in this region. This site contains background information about ECREE and its activities as well as a listing of news and events specific to the center. Additionally, a resource library containing publications and other types of media is also included.
Investir en Zone Franc (IZF), or "Invest in French Zone", was created by the Commission of the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa and by the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Monetary Union of Central Africa to provide relevant information that would encourage investment in Western-Africa. The IZF site provides a wide variety of resources for doing business, investing, and trading with the countries in this region. A business directory, country business guides, and exporting statistics database are among the numerous useful features provided this website. Access is free to most parts of the site, but it is only available in French.