ECOWAS – Protocol A/P1/5/79 relating to Free Movement of Persons, Residence and Establishment
The protocol was adopted on 29 May 1979 in Dakar, Senegal by the following Member States: Benin, Ghana, Cape Verde, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Upper Volta, Liberia, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
This protocol spells out the various stages to be undergone to accomplish complete freedom of movement as envisaged in the ECOWAS Treaty. This relates to the three phases namely,
Phase I – Right of Entry and Abolition of Visa;
Phase II – Right of Residence;
Phase III – Right of Establishment.
The protocol also states steps to implementing Phase I of the said protocol. It entered into force on 8 April 1980.
Date of publication: 29 May 1979
Theme: ECOWAS Frameworks
Type: ECOWAS Protocol
Source: ECOWAS Library and Documentation Centre