On October 3, 1971, the Republic of Liberia and Sierra Leone established the Mano River Union (MRU). On 25 October 1980, the Republic of Guinea joined the union. On 15 May 2008, Côte d’Ivoire also joined the Mano River Union. The aim of MRU is to among other things:

  • Intensify efforts for closer economic cooperation between member countries
  • Expand trade by the elimination of all barriers to mutual trade
  • Create the conditions favorable to an expansion of joint productive capacity
  • Secure a fair distribution of the benefits from economic cooperation
  • Accelerate the economic growth; social progress and cultural advancement of member countries
  • Provide active collaboration and mutual assistance in matters of common interest in economic, social, technical, scientific, and administrative fields.

Member State Population Imports/Exports Exports  Imports  GDP per capita GDP (PPP) 
Liberia  5 million Imports: Fuels, chemicals, machinery, transportation equipment, manufactured goods; foodstuffs
Exports: Iron, diamonds, timber,
rubber, cocoa, coffee
$260.6 million  $1.166 billion   $867  $3.960 billion 
Sierra Leone 8 million Imports: food products, machinery
and equipment, chemicals, fuels  and lubricants
Exports: Diamonds, cocoa, coffee and fish
$839M $1.3B $1,400  $4,000 million
Guinea 14 million Imports: Machines, metals,  textiles, and petroleum products
Exports: Bauxite, alumina, gold, diamonds,  coffee, fish, agricultural products
$2.9B $3.64B $2,000 26.47 billion
Cote d’Ivoire 24 million Imports: Crude Petroleum, Rice, Non-fillet Frozen Fish,
Packaged Medicaments and
Refined Petroleum
Exports: Cocoa Beans, Rubber, Cocoa Paste, Cocoa Butter, and Refined Petroleum 
$11.74 billion $9.447 billion $4,177 $43.032 billion

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