Participants at the six-nation West African Economic Community (CEAO) meeting in Dakar on Friday (9 April) re-asserted their determination to create an enlarged regional community along Africa's Atlantic coast.
SV Houphouet-Boigny arriving and greeted by ministers
SV Ould Daddah arriving and greeted by officials
SV Four Presidents arriving at conference
SVs Delegates of Mauritania, Mali, and Niger (3 shots)
SV President Senghor speaking
SV Delegates (2 shots)
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Background: Participants at the six-nation West African Economic Community (CEAO) meeting in Dakar on Friday (9 April) re-asserted their determination to create an enlarged regional community along Africa's Atlantic coast.
The heads of state of Ivory Coast, Mali, Upper Volta, Mauritania, Senegal and the Niger Finance Minister said at the end of their meeting that the new community would be far more ambitious than the community of West African states created last year in Lagos which includes both French and English speaking countries.
Senegal's President Leopold Senghor called for the development of the community from Nouakchott to Kinshasa or even Luanda when the second summit conference began on Thursday (8 April).
The meeting approved a five million pound sterling budget for the community's development fund for this year and chose President Sangoule Lamizana of Upper Volta as the new chairman of the CEAO.
President Seyni of Niger was unable to attend the meeting because of a meeting with the Algerian and Libyan presidents.
SYNOPSIS: Ivory Coat's President Houphouet-Boigny was one of the first heads of state to arrive in Senegal on Thursday for the meeting of the West African Economic Community. The two day meeting in Dakar was attended by four other heads or state from Mali, Upper Volta and Mauritania and Senegal. Niger's Finance Minister completed the six nation participation. The meeting outlined an ambitious plan to extend the community along Africa's Atlantic coast.
The summit meeting heard on the opening day stirring speech by Senegal's President Leopold Senghor. He called for the development of a vast regional community extending from Nouakchott to Kinshasa or even Luanda.