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The "Union économique et monétaire Ouest africaine" (West African Monetary and
Economic Union) was founded on 10 January 1994 in Dakar (Senegal) by the Heads
of States and Governments of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire,
Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
Guinea Bissau joined the UEMOA on 2 May 1997. The organization
has its seat at Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. The UEMOA has been
often criticized as an organization powered by France to defend its post-
colonial interests in Africa and to challenge the leadership exerted by Nigeria
on the bigger CEDEAO ("Communauté économique des états de l'Afrique de l'Ouest").
Ivan Sache, 22 March 2009
According to the "Ouestaf News" agency, 20 March 2009, the Heads of States
of the members of UEMOA, holding a summit at Ouagadougou on 17 March 2009, have
decided that the UEMOA should have its own flag, "to be displayed in each of the
member states, beside the national flag", and its own anthem. No deadline has
been given for the adoption of the symbols.
The UEMOA already has a logo, presented as follows on the organization website:
"The logo uses two dynamic, elliptic elements, which, in spite of their specificity, are interlaced to express two strong concepts, solidarity and complementarity among the Union's states and peoples. This solidarity and this complementarity are prepared to be released in a continuous ascensional movement that should lead to the economical, social and cultural blossoming of our respective peoples. Here the energy of the forest creepers is in harmony with the warm and vivid Sahelian vibrations to produce the sphere of happiness highlighting the UEMOA's characteristics and objectives. The natural resources and the material equipments are represented by the lower, blue half-sphere, while the intellectual, if not spiritual, resources are represented by the upper, golden half-sphere. The white circle expresses peace, serenity and stability, which should be the cornerstones of the integration process of UEMOA."
Ivan Sache, 22 March 2009
It seems that they already used a white flag with its logo on it at that
time. At least, based on these pictures were taken on the same meeting what Ivan
mentioned. It is clearly visible that there is that flag on the wall behing the
presidents, and in midst of national flags behind the presidency of that
Images of flag: http://www.lefaso.net/spip.php?article31007
Zoltan Horvath, 30 April 2011