A three-day conference on the establishment of a new International economic order opened in Lisbon on wednesday (24 October).
A three-day conference on the establishment of a new International economic order opened in Lisbon on wednesday (24 October). The meeting was sponsored jointly by the Portuguese government and the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Portuguese President Antonio Ramalho Eanes attended the opening of the conference which was held in Lisbon's Gulbenkian Foundation centre. Economists from Benin, Mozambique, Ghana, Colombia, Angola, Italy, the United States, France, Switzerland, Upper Volta, Mexico and Spain took part in the discussions.
The Director General of UNESCO, Amadou Mahtar M'Bow addressed the opening session. He stressed that the basis of the conflict which exists between the world's rich and poor countries was one which could be overcome by a genuine international effort to eradicate poverty, disease, hunger and illiteracy. The issue of the development of a new international economic order was central during the month-long conference of the United Nations Trade and Development (UNCTAD) conference in the Philippines in May.
President Eanes was similarly optimistic about the hope for the emergence of a more just distribution of the world's resources. He said that Portugal's historical experience of colonisation could have very positive benefits in the future, contributing to Portugal's understanding of the problems of under-developed countries. President Eanes emphasised that a new economic order necessitated a redefinition of the balance which exists between the world's rich and poor nations. He said his government was determined to develop closer ties with all countries involved in the discussion of the issue, particularly those once colonised by Portugal.