President Francois Tombalbaye of Chad has opened in Fort Lamy a new building which will house the Executive Secretariat of the Central African Union (U.
President Francois Tombalbaye of Chad has opened in Fort Lamy a new building which will house the Executive Secretariat of the Central African Union (U.E.A.C.).
The three-storey new building was built in six months, and has cost more than 100 million CFA Francs (about 165,000 sterling). With its marble exterior it will lend a new face to the Avenue d'Ornano in the centre of Fort Lamy, a capital which has not yet acquired many modern public buildings.
The Union now has only two members, Chad and Congo Kinshasa. The Central African Republic was a member when the Union was founded in April 1968, but they withdrew in December of the same year to join the Central African Customs and Economic Union (U.D.E.A.C.).
Ministers from Chad and Congo-Kinshasa met on the 11th of June in Fort Lamy in a bid to expand the Union into a Central African Common Market. M. Marcel Bahizi, Kinshasa's deputy Foreign Minister, said the Organisation aimed to create a Common Market rather than an Economic Customs Union.
Chad has previously specified that the aim of UEAC is to achieve and economic and political community to assure expansion and an improvement in living standards.