Ministers of the African and Mauritian Common Organisation (OCAM) have been meeting in the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, to prepare for this weeks crucial summit meeting of the organisation.
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Background: Ministers of the African and Mauritian Common Organisation (OCAM) have been meeting in the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, to prepare for this weeks crucial summit meeting of the organisation.
The Heads of State of the 10-nation Organisation will meet in Bangui from 10 August to 12 August.
Ministers from OCAM's member states -- Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Gabon, Niger, Upper Volta, Mauritius, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and the Central African Republic, are attending the pre-Summit conference.
A delegation from Cameroun, which left the Organisation in July 1973, is also present.
Delegates appeared divided over the future of the French-speaking countries' Organisation. Five countries, Mauritania, Zaire. Congo, Chad and Madagascar are recent withdrawals from the Organisation.
The Ministers of OCAM are to ask Government leaders and Heads of State at Saturday's meeting to continue to support the Organisation.
OCAM's Secretary-General, Mr. Falilou Kane of Senegal, said after the first day of the preparatory discussions for the conference that the OCAM ministers would propose the setting up of a goodwill commission "to explain the Organisation's future aims and objectives both to states which had left OCAM and to those eligible to join."
Earlier Mr. Kane had drawn up a critical balance of the body's 13-year history for the ministers.
He gave a long list of economic failures, which he blamed on OCAM's "lack of political willpower and outside interference".
Among the failures were plans to set up an OCAM shipping company and an insurance project.
On the credit side, he said, OCAM had obtained positive results in seeking the broadening of its association with the European Common Market and in paving the way for the current United Nations' conference on the law of the sea in caracas.