The ninth meeting of the Executive Committee of the Economic Commission for Africa opened in Addis Ababa on Monday (18 June).
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SCU Ethiopian delegates
SV Egyptian delegates
SCU Moroccan delegates
CU PAN Ghanaian delegates
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CU Senegalese delegate
SCU Togo delegates
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Background: The ninth meeting of the Executive Committee of the Economic Commission for Africa opened in Addis Ababa on Monday (18 June).
Among the main topics on the committee's agenda are the drought in the Sudano-Sahelian zone of Africa; measures needed to help Zambia's economy following Rhodesia's action in closing the border between the two countries earlier this year; and preparations for negotiations on trade, finance and monetary matters.
The drought is the worst this century in a belt of Africa south of the Sahara and the ECA's Executive-Secretary, Mr. Robert Gardiner, was scheduled to report on measures taken so far to assist the countries concerned.
In February, at the eleventh meeting of the ECA in Accra, the ECA ministers asked the Executive to ask for international aid because the countries themselves could not deal with the problem. The governments concerned declared the Sudeno-Sahelian Zone a disaster area and established a Permanent Inter-State Co-Ordaining Committee based in Ouagadougou to oversee all drought relief measures.
As far as Zambia is concerned, the ECA's Economic and Social Council, meeting at the end of last month, commenced the Zambian government on its decision to sever economic and trade relations with Rhodesia and called for all possible help to Zambia to enable it to carry out its policy of economic independence form Rhodesia.
Other matters being raised at the Executive Committee meeting include the African Regional Plan for the Application of Science and Technology to development and setting up sub-regional offices of the ECA.