President Hamani Diori of Niger and President Sangoule Lamizana of Upper Volta arrived in Abidjan on Monday (May 18) for a summit meeting with the heads of State of the Ivory Coast, Dahomey and Togo.
President Hamani Diori of Niger and President Sangoule Lamizana of Upper Volta arrived in Abidjan on Monday (May 18) for a summit meeting with the heads of State of the Ivory Coast, Dahomey and Togo. The five West African nations make up the Council of Understanding.
President Hanani Diori of Niger, who is also acting President of the Council, told reporters on his arrival in Abidjan, that he Council's 16 million consumers constituted an "economic structure which could easily integrate itself into the big economic zone which we intend to build after the UDWAO (The Customs Union of West African States) reunion next Wednesday". The New Zone, the President said, would extend from Mauritania to Niger and Dahomey and, with the exception of Guinea, would have a common coinage and a central Bank.
The Council of Understanding was ??? in May 1959 to promoted political, economic and administrative cooperation between the five former French West African States.
The Presence of Dahomey President Hubert Maga allowed the Heads of State to take definite decisions on some of the Council's problems. Dahomey has not attended the lat two meetings because of internal political crisis.
At the meeting held on Tuesday (May 19) the five Government leaders decided to set up an economic community for cattle and meat and the Council noted with satisfaction the American Government's proposal to make the Council a loan of eight million dollars (3,300,000 sterling) to finance Animal production.
The Council also agreed to form a council of Minister from their countries to precede future summits. The next summit will be at Cotonou on July 31 on the tenth anniversary of the Independence of Dahomey.