Talk:Economic Community of West African States

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Stub[edit]

Why isn't this article classified as a stub? There is virtually no information on the history of ECOWAS, or it's importance and role in West Africa, which is considerable. This article needs much expansion and should be classified as a stub as it currently stands. Rvinall

Aye, it should be classified as a stub - and should be expanded. While we're at it, has anybody else heard of the information that the ECOWAS is to be expanded to a large degree over the rest of the west African states in 2006? Can't remember where I found that rumour... Nightstallion 04:58, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Alright, I have just added the stub marker to this article. Now let's try to get some more information. Rvinall 04:25, 22 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Info added. Rudykog 02:48, 1 December 2005 (UTC)

Mauritania[edit]

The article lists two dates for Mauritania leaving - 2000 and 2002. The World Bank website says 1999, whereas this site says 2002. Any ideas? Cordless Larry 23:07, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

I looked at older versions of the CIA world factbook. Under "International organization participation" Ecowas doesn't appear for Mauritania in the 2002 factbook so it had to have happened between July 2001 and July 2002. Ƶ§œš¹ [aɪm ˈfɻɛ̃ⁿdˡi] 02:41, 9 August 2007 (UTC)
I've done some more research and it seems that the application for withdrawal was made on 26 December 1999 (see here) and became effective on 31 December 2000 (see here). Cordless Larry (talk) 14:55, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

International orgnizations[edit]

I added the category "International organizations," but note in passing that there seems to be a lot of overlap with International Organizations of Africa, and that perhaps the whole hierarchy of these categories may need looking at.--A12n (talk) 04:28, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

Gauge (railway)[edit]





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  • 1000 4,472km 42.7%
  • 1067 4,593km 43.9%
  • 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) 1,409km 13.5%

The three main gauges in the ECOWAS area can be combined as Triple Gauge.
The two narrower gauges are too close to allow 3-rail dual gauge and must be combined as 4-rail dual gauge.
4-rail dual gauge can allow for standard gauge for slight extra cost.

Transshipment[edit]

There are a number of ways of transshipping freight between the different gauges:

Tabletop (talk) 02:26, 14 April 2009 (UTC)