Conseil de l’Entente

Member States

Founding members

Other members

Observer members


Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Date of creation

29 May 1959


The Conseil de l’Entente aims to ensure the peace, security, and stability of its member states; to promote closer and more dynamic political and cultural integration between member states, and to promote subregional economic integration and the well-being of populations. Since 2012, the Conseil de l’Entente has adjusted the implementation of its mission to avoid duplication with ECOWAS and WAEMU.


1959 Creation of Conseil de l’Entente
1973 First reform: transformation into an international institution and financial and economic solidarity instrument
2000-2009 Period of lethargy due to crisis in Côte d’Ivoire
2011 Second reform of the organisation to relaunch the activities

Normative framework

1959 Conseil de l’Entente Constitutive Act
2011 Adoption of the additional Charter
2017 Signing of the Agreement establishing the Framework for Consultation, Cooperation, and Partnership between West African Intergovernmental Organisations [Protocole d’accord portant creation du cadre de concertation, de cooperation et de partenariat entre les organisations intergouvernementales de l’Afrique de l’Ouest]


Political dialogue

Date Institutions Agreement
2012 Organisation of La Francophonie Partnership agreement [Accord de partenariat]
2016 ECOWAS Signing of a framework agreement [accord cadre de cooperation]
2017 ECOWAS,

ACP group (Africa,

Caribbean, Pacific)

Signing of a partnership agreement: creation of the Task Force Conseil de l’Entente/ACP/ECOWAS to

identify projects for the ACP to finance in the geographical area of the Conseil de l’Entente

2019 ECOWAS Signing of a specific agreement on governance, political, and security cooperation [memorandum d’entente relative à la cooperation politique et sécuritaire], including sharing data and analysis from the ECOWAS early warning system (ECOWARN) and mediation

Governance and development

Areas Date Activities
Election observation mission Since 2015 Deployment for presidential and legislative elections and referendum poll
Border management 2016, 2017 Annual meeting of ministers in charge of security and border assessment. Launch of a study on the integrated management of border areas to take stock of mechanisms developed by other African organisations (2019-2020)

Peace and Security

Activity  Date Description
Prevention of violent extremism May 2018 First workshop in Côte d’Ivoire supported by the Institute for security studies ISS and the Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
Prevention of violent extremism May 2019 Second workshop in Burkina Faso supported by the Institute for Security Studies and the Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
Intelligence and information sharing Approved in 2018 by ministers Creation of an integrated and centralised intelligence system (communication and information) between the security services of the member states