The annual Ministerial Council of OCAMM, the African Malagasy and Mauritian Common Organisation, opened in Fort Lamy on Tuesday (19 Jan), and will continue till the 25th January.
CS Conference hall ZOOM OUT same in LS
LS Flags of all nations
CS OCAMM sign
CS Secretary-General speaking
CS Togo delegate
CS Chad delegate
CS Senegal ditto
CS Ruanda ditto
CS Ile Maurice delegate
MS Upper Volta delegate & two other delegates
MS Ivory Coast & two other delegates
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Background: The annual Ministerial Council of OCAMM, the African Malagasy and Mauritian Common Organisation, opened in Fort Lamy on Tuesday (19 Jan), and will continue till the 25th January.
The Foreign Ministers of the 15 OCAMM countries are preparing for a summit meeting on the 28th of January.
On the opening day Chad's Foreign Minister Dr Baroum was elected President of the Ministerial Council. In his speech he praised the dynamism shown in recent years by member countries of OCAMM in political, economic and social co-operation.
He referred to concrete results of this co-operation like Air-Afirque, the sugar agreement, and the inter-state engineering school.
On the second day of the Ministerial meeting, delegates divided into working committees to work out proposals to be presented to their heads of state, on such topics as the creation of a Common meat market, Africanisation of private enterprises, and a social security charter for migrant labour.
On Friday (22 Jan) delegates began tackling the crucial question of the future of the OCAMM Sugar agreement, signed in 1966 to give preferential treatment to sugar produced by OCAMM countries.
But the importing countries have complained that prices for OCAMM-produced sugar are up to twice that for sugar imported from outside the region.
Togo refused from the beginning to join the agreement, and the difficulties facing the organisation were aggravated by the withdrawal of Senegal last year.