Gabon The reform of the ECCAS adopted at the Libreville summit
The reform of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) was validated at the end of the 9th extraordinary session of the heads of state of the member countries of this regional integration institution held in the Gabonese capital on 18 December, indicates the final press release published at the end of the works. The Libreville summit modified the ECCAS treaty to modernize it and adapt it to the current context. The eleven member countries have six months to ratify the new treaty, the statement said. The general secretariat of ECCAS disappears and is renamed “Commission of ECCAS”. A strong commitment has been made to ensure the financial empowerment of the institution. Member countries are encouraged to collect and remit the Community Integration Tax (TCI) to the commission. During the transition period, all current staff will remain on the job. The next ECCAS summit is scheduled for the first half of 2020.