The first session of the three-day Conference of African Demographers--population experts--opened in Accra, Ghana on Monday (20 December), attended by about 50 experts from member countries of the Economic Commission for Africa.
The first session of the three-day Conference of African Demographers--population experts--opened in Accra, Ghana on Monday (20 December), attended by about 50 experts from member countries of the Economic Commission for Africa. They were asked to consider the importance of the continent's demographic situation as a whole, to enable African governments to formulate their population policies. Observers included delegates from the United States of America and European Common Market.
SYNOPSIS: The first session of the conference of African population experts opened at the State House in Accra, Ghana, on Monday. The three-day conference is sponsored by the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa.
Dr. Jones Ofori-Atta, Ghana's junior development planning minister, opened the session, attended by about fifty population experts from members of the Economic Commission.
Dr. Ofori-Atta asked the delegates to place their findings at the disposal of their governments for the formulation of realistic policies and programmes. A message was sent to the session by the Executive Director of the Commission, Dr. Robert Gardiner. He too stressed the importance of the population studies as an instrument in government planning policies.
Dr. Gardiner's message was read out by Dr. R.K. Som, Chief of the Economic Commission's population programme centre. Dr. Gardiner also urged the conference to discuss the African census programme through which the United Nations gave assistance to African countries in the collection and analysis of population date.
Observers included delegates from the European Common Market, Sweden, the United States of America, Canada and West Germany. The conference was expected to discuss the population in Africa, the availability of demographic data, and inter-relationships between economic and social development.