• Short Summary

    In Mali, the Economic Community of West Africa (CEAO) announced at the end of its fourth summit that it had set up a fund for economic development and signed an accord guaranteeing free movement of citizens and goods between its six member countries -- Mail, Niger, Mauritania, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Upper Volta.

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    In Mali, the Economic Community of West Africa (CEAO) announced at the end of its fourth summit that it had set up a fund for economic development and signed an accord guaranteeing free movement of citizens and goods between its six member countries -- Mail, Niger, Mauritania, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Upper Volta.

    SYNOPSIS: President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast was greeted by the President of Mali, General Moussa Traore, when he arrived at Bamako airport.

    The conference was also attended by President Sangoule Lamizana of Upper Volta. President Traore had invited delegations from Benin, Togo and Guinea because of their geographic value. They give three land-locked members of the community -- Upper Volta, Mali and Niger -- access to their widely-separated ports on the Indian Ocean.

    The Community current chairman is Mauritanian Head of State, Lieutenant-Colonel Moustapha Ould Salek, who came to power in a coup last July.

    Senegal, represented by President Leopold Senghor, depends on the community for aid in developing the agricultural potential of the Senegal river area. The community plans to share technical expertise as well as financial resources.

    The final chief state to arrive was Lieutenant-Colonel Senyi Kountche, President of Niger.

    The first deposit in economic fund will be five billion Central African francs (23.84 million dollars) -- the Community's unit of cash, raised from import taxes. Revenue will help finance the Trans-Sahara highway, the extension of the Abidjan-Ougadougou railway, and be used to develop mining and agriculture in the six countries
    The representative of the Council of Ministers read the final communique, which included plans to build a regional centre for research into solar energy, expansion of fishing industries, and the formation of an African centre for management studies. The Community leaders will meet again in October 197 in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC7CCIJ78UINMNNH6GSN61PX0Z
    Media URN:
    VLVAC7CCIJ78UINMNNH6GSN61PX0Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
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    N/A

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