The eighth summit of the African and Mauritian Common Organisation (OCAM) ended in Bangui, Central Africans Republic, on Monday (12 August) with a call for solidarity among the 10 member nations.
GV EXT. Ministry Foreign Affairs and sign.
CU INT. Map of Africa, showing member countries.
SV Senior delegates enter.
SV Delegates seated. (3 shots)
SV PAN Delegates from Senegal, Gabon and Niger.
SV Delegates, including Upper Volta.
SV Delegates. (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT Conference President and Ivory Coast delegate.
SV PAN Delegates from Cameroun, Niger, Gabon, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Central Africa, Upper Volta and Dahomey.
Initials VS19.26 VS 19.40
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The eighth summit of the African and Mauritian Common Organisation (OCAM) ended in Bangui, Central Africans Republic, on Monday (12 August) with a call for solidarity among the 10 member nations.
A final communique, issued after the three-day conference, said members had agreed to infuse "dynamism" into the organisation. To do this, they'd given the OCAM Council of Ministers more powers.
The OCAM delegates also decided that their "revived" organisation would be one of solidarity, and economic, social and cultural cooperation. This, in line with a call by outgoing chairman, Senegal's President Leopold Senghor, will remove the aura of politics from the organisation.
The conference also decided that in future, the summit meetings will be held every two years, rather than annually as in the past. The next summit will be in Kigali, Rwanda, in July 1976. M. Regis Franchet, of Mauritius, was appointed secretary-General of OCAM, replacing M. Falilou Kane, of Senegal. The new chairman is President Juvenal Habyalimana, of Rwanda.
The headquarters of OCAM has been moved from Yaounde, in Cameroun, to Bangui. Cameroun, along with Chad and Madagascar have just withdrawn from the organisation. The remaining members are the Central African Republic, Dahomey, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Upper Volta.
SYNOPSIS: The final session of the three-day summit meeting of the African and Mauritian Common Organisation (OCAM) was held in Bangui, the Central Africa Republic, on Monday. The meeting was attended by representatives of the remaining ten member-nations.
Cameroun - the former OCAM headquarters has resigned, and so have Chad and Madagascar. The remaining members are the Central African Republic, Dahomey, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Upper Volta. However, after the final summit session, an OCAM spokesman said the conference had been a success.
The final communique included a call for solidarity among members. The conference also decided to give OCAM's Council of Ministers more power in an effort to infuse the organisation with "dynamism".
The "revived" OCAM in future will concentrate on cultural, economic and social cooperation, thus steering away from political issues. This is in line with new policy suggestions put by Senegal's President Senghor.
The summit, previously held annually, will now be held very two years.
The next summit will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, in July nineteen seventy-six. It will be presided over by the new Secretary-General M. Regis Franchet, of Mauritius, who was elected to replace M. Falilou Kane, of Senegal, the retiring Secretary-General. The headquarters of the organisation in future will be Bangui. The summit, OCAM's eighth, also elected President Juvenal Habyalimana, of Rwanda, chairman, replacing President Senghor.