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.
SCU President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of Ivory Coast greeted by President Moussa Traore of Mali
SV Two presidents walking across tarmac with delegations
SV President Sangoule Lamizana of Upper Volta receives bouquet from small girls, greeted by Traore
SV Lt-Col. Moustapha Ould Salek, Mauritanian Head of State, meeting officials
SCU Traore and President Leopold Senghor of Senegal standing to attention as troops salute
SV PAN Presidents Senghor and Traore walking across tarmac
SV Lt-Col. Senyi Kountche, President of Niger, shaking hands with officials
SV INTERIOR Conference room: Salek seated
SV Senghor seated
SV Traore at table
SV Houphouet-Boigny seated
SV Lamizana seated
SV Kountche seated
SV Council of Ministers' President
GV Leaders at table
GV Delegates seated
GV Traore speaking PAN ALONG table
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Background: 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.