INTRODUCTION: Senegal's Economic an Social Council met for the first time this year in Dakar, last Friday (25 March).
INTRODUCTION: Senegal's Economic an Social Council met for the first time this year in Dakar, last Friday (25 March). One of the main new functions of the council will be as advisory body to the government.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting took place at the National Assembly building in the country's capital. There are only two sessions a year, one in the spring and one in November. Various government officials attended the opening session including Senegal's Prime Minister, M. Abdou Diouf. The Head of State, President Leopold Senghor, presided over the conference.
There are 51 members in the council 15 of whom are appointed by the President and the remaining 36 are chosen by professional organisations. One of the main topics of discussion will be a study of the country's information and broadcasting resources. But the council will also examine the question of national salaries and the agricultural problems in the river valley. Under its new role, however, as a government advisory body, it will be dealing with a wide range of national issues.
Although the council will only be officially meeting twice a year, it will also be holding emergency sessions at the request of the President and the government. The president of the council, M. Magatte Lo, greeted the new role with approval and called for the country's support.