In June of 2016 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, was elected chairwoman of the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS. She succeeded Macky Sall of Senegal.
ECOWAS is an organization of 15 West African countries that was founded in 1975. Its purpose is to promote the region's economy and to help its members achieve economic self-sufficiency. ECOWAS functions as a trading and economic union. It also works toward regional peacekeeping and supervises the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development. Sirleaf is the first woman to chair ECOWAS.