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 The Community of Sahel-Saharan  States was established on 4th February 1998 in Tripoli (Great Socialist  people's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) during the Summit Meeting instigated by  Brother Colonel MUAMMAR AL KADDAFI, Leader of the Great Al Fateh Revolution, in  presence of the Heads of State of Mali, Chad, Niger, Sudan and a representative  of the President of Burkina Faso.

The Community of Sahel-Saharan  States CEN-SAD became a Regional Economic Community during the 36th Ordinary  Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Organization  of African Unity, held in Lomé (Republic of Togo) on 4-12 July 2000.

It became observer at the UN General  Assembly under the Resolution A/RES/56/92.

The Community has partnership  agreements with many regional and international organizations with the aim of  promoting common and shared action in political, cultural, economic and social  field. This status was confirmed by the decision of the Assembly/AU/Dec.112  (VII) of the 7th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the African  Union.

Objectives of CEN-SAD

The establishment of a global  Economic Union based on the implementation of a community development plan that  complements the local development plans of member States and which comprises  the various fields of a sustained socio-economic development: agriculture,  industry, energy, social, culture, health…

the removal of all restrictions  hampering the integration of the member countries through the adoption of  necessary measures to ensure:

  1. Free movement of persons, capitals and interests of nationals of member States; 
  2. Right of establishment, ownership and exercise of economic activity; 
  3. Free trade and movement of goods, commodities and services from member States;

The promotion of external trade  through an investment policy in member States.

The increase of means of land, air  and maritime transport and communications among member States and the execution  of common projects. 

The same right, advantages and  obligations granted to their own citizens to nationals of the signatory  countries in conformity with the provisions of their respective constitutions.

The harmonization of educational,  pedagogical, scientific and cultural systems of the various cycles of  education.