Article 6: Objectives of the Community

The Community shall have the following objectives: (a)        improved standards of living and work;

(b)        full employment of labour and other factors of production;

(c)        accelerated,  co-ordinated  and  sustained  economic  development  and convergence;

(d)        expansion of trade and economic relations with third States; (e)        enhanced levels of international competitiveness;

(f)         organisation for increased production and productivity;

(g)        the  achievement  of  a  greater  measure  of  economic  leverage  and effectiveness of Member States in dealing with third States, groups of States and entities of any description;

(h)        enhanced co-ordination of Member States’ foreign and [foreign] economic policies; and

(i)         enhanced functional co-operation, including –

(i)         more efficient operation of common services and activities for the benefit of its peoples;

(ii)        accelerated promotion of greater understanding among its peoples and the advancement of their social, cultural and technological development;

(iii)        intensified   activities   in   areas   such   as   health,   education, transportation, telecommunications.