Five West African Transport Ministers held a two-day meeting in Lome recently to discuss road transport matters.
Five West African Transport Ministers held a two-day meeting in Lome recently to discuss road transport matters. In his opening address on Monday (21 January), the host, Togo's Minister of Transport, M. Alex Mivedor, stressed the effects of "uncontrollable increases in fuel prices" on goods imported by the five countries.
The Ministers were told that the cost of imported goods was doubling because of the fuel price rises. M. Mivedor called on them to consider the difficulties now facing relief supplies being taken to the drought-stricken Sahel countries from sea-ports in neighbouring nations. He added that there he was a need for a clarification of relations between the five nations, all members of the "Conseil de l'Entents", leading to the establishment of quotas, setting up freight offices and a standardisation of vehicle documentation.
Togo, Dahomey, Upper Volta, Niger and the Ivory Coast make up the membership of the Conseil de l'Entente, a political and economic association founded in May, 1959. Attending the Transport Ministers' meeting, M. Paul Kaya, the Secretary-General of the "Fonds de Garantie" - a financial organisation within the Conseil de l'Entente set up to assist member-nations with development leans.
The ministerial session was preceded by a meeting of transportation experts who presented their recommendations to the ministers.