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Legal Notices

The legal notices of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) pertain to the following:

  • Disclaimer
  • Copyright
  • Use of the BCEAO name and logo;
  • Personal data protection and email privacy policy


The Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) aims, through this website, to promote public access to information relating to its activities. The aim is to disseminate accurate and up-to-date information. However, the BCEAO declines all responsibility for the consequences that may result from the use of the information contained on this site. This information:

  • is information of a general nature and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity;
  • is sometimes linked to external websites over which the BCEAO has no control and for which the BCEAO assumes no responsibility;
  • does not constitute legal or professional advice.

While the CFA Franc foreign exchange reference rates and other price information published on this website are taken from sources deemed reliable by the BCEAO, the BCEAO accepts no responsibility or liability for any losses incurred in connection with any decision made or action or inaction on the part of any party in reliance upon such publication. In particular, the BCEAO does not accept any responsibility or liability for any economic loss or any indirect or consequential loss or damage including, without limitation, loss of business and loss of profits, as a direct or indirect consequence of, or in connection with, the BCEAO publishing the reference rates or other price information, including the frequency of such publication or the use of the reference rates and other price information by any person.

The BCEAO does not guarantee that the documents and other information available on this site reproduce exactly the texts officially adopted. The BCEAO wishes to limit as far as possible inconvenience due to technical errors. However, the BCEAO cannot guarantee that its service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such issues. The BCEAO accepts no responsibility with regard to any problems occurring as a result of using this website or any linked external websites. This disclaimer is not intended to limit the BCEAO's liability in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national law or to exclude its liability in matters which cannot be excluded under such law. Any access to this site implies the agreement of the user with the foregoing.


The owner of the copyright on all of the content of this site is the BCEAO, whose headquarters is located in Dakar, in the Republic of Senegal. Subject to the exception below, the BCEAO website users can freely dispose of the information that they find, under the following conditions:

  • 1. When information is disseminated or reproduced, it must appear accurately and the BCEAO must be identified as the source;
  • 2. When information appears in documents that are sold (regardless of media), the physical or legal person publishing the information must inform buyers, before they pay any subscription or fee and each time they access information sourced from the BCEAO website, that the information can be obtained free of charge via the BCEAO website;
  • 3. Any change in the information by the user (for example in the case of correction of statistical data based on seasonal variations, or calculation of growth rates) must be explicitly stated;
  • 4. When a link to the BCEAO website is created from commercial sites or for promotional purposes, the BCEAO website should be the only item in the window (in other words, it must not appear through the page of another internet site). 

As an exception, any reproduction, publication or reprint of all or part of documents bearing the name of their author (s), such as Working Papers and Studies on specific subjects of the BCEAO, under the form of a separate publication, whether in paper or electronic format, is permitted only with the prior express written permission of the BCEAO or the author(s).

Use of the BCEAO name and logo

The BCEAO is aware that its name and logo are increasingly being abused by third parties in connection with false financial transactions, lotteries and other fraudulent activities. One fraudulent practice is to send unsolicited electronic messages inviting recipients to provide personal and financial information or to make a payment for existing services. These emails may also contain links to fake websites, which fraudsters attempt to pass off as belonging to the Central Bank. In this context, the BCEAO wishes to make it clear that it does not provide private or commercial banking services to individuals or businesses and, in particular, that it does not collect any taxes, fees or cross-border transfer fees and accepts no deposits from such parties, nor does it issue certificates for the release of funds. The BCEAO therefore advises the public not to establish contact with the originators of such ventures and not to send money or disclose bank or credit card details to anyone claiming to represent the BCEAO or have a banking relationship with the BCEAO.

The BCEAO further reiterates that it cannot be held responsible if its name, logo or address is misused for the purpose of misleading the public. If a member of the public sees or receives questionable documentation that refers to, or allegedly stems from, the BCEAO, they should report it immediately to their local law enforcement authority or seek advice from the relevant national authorities. Compliance with the following rules protects against fraudulent email and websites:

  • Be wary of unsolicited e-mail links and never follow a proposed link in a message suspected of being fraudulent;
  • Do not trust messages that encourage rushed decisions; and
  • Never share personal or financial information through ordinary email. Email is not a safe way to communicate such information.

If in doubt about an e-mail from the BCEAO, please contact the BCEAO at the following addresses:

  • Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) Abdoulaye FADIGA Avenue BP 3108 Dakar – SENEGAL

For the attention of: The Director of General Services

Personal data protection and email privacy policy

The BCEAO is committed to user privacy. It only processes any personal data made available to it for the purposes described below and does not communicate them in any case for commercial purposes. Personal information is treated in accordance with the confidentiality rules governing banking activities. The information recorded on the servers of the BCEAO includes the following:

Cookies: These are sent by an internet server to the user's browser. The browser tells the server when you next visit that particular website. Cookies enable the BCEAO to save user preferences and to monitor trends in use of the website (in aggregated form).

Log: The servers automatically record the information that the browser sends when visiting a website. These logs can contain information such as the date and time of the visit, the IP (Internet Protocol) address, the type of browser, the language, the screen size and one or several cookies identifying the user. The information collected is used solely for statistical purposes, in aggregated form, regarding the use of the website.

Personal information communicated through the website or by email: Visitors can contact the BCEAO through the email addresses indicated on the site, but also through various forms where personal details are requested to meet the needs expressed.

How does the BCEAO protect data?

The information on this website is subject to a personal data protection system and an email privacy policy. The policy relating to the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of their personal data by the Community institutions and bodies is based on the regulations in force in each Member State of the West African Monetary Union (WAMU). BCEAO's processing of personal data complies with this regulation. The Data Protection Officer at the BCEAO ensures the application of the provisions of the aforementioned regulation and provides advice to data protection officers to help them fulfil their regulatory obligations.