Any intervention (direct or indirect funding, technical assistance, etc.) carried out in favour of an ECOWAS State or one of its geographical and technical agencies is qualified as a public operation.
The geographical agencies of a state are its potential federated states and its decentralized territorial constituencies with legal status.
The technical branches of a State are its non-profit enterprises and public institutions with legal status.
Are classified as private projects, the projects carried by private companies and assimilated companies, having the legal form of limited company.
Private companies are « for-profit legal entities with shares wholly owned by individuals or private firms.
Companies assimilated to private companies are legal entities in the public commercial sector, i.e. public or semi-public companies and establishments of an industrial or commercial nature and/or with private management.