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    Experts from the 15 states of the West Africa Economic Community opened a two-week meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Monday (31 May).

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    Experts from the 15 states of the West Africa Economic Community opened a two-week meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Monday (31 May).

    The experts will study the drafts of five documents prepared by Nigeria and Togo whose governments played leading roles in the creation of the Community. The documents all deal with the functional aspects of the Community and when approved will form the basis on which the various institutions of the organisation will operate.

    Opening the meeting, Ivory Coast minister of Finance and the Economy, Henri Konan Bedie, emphasised the necessity to approve the documents so that the institutions could be st up quickly.

    He said the community must be come more organised so that its negotiating power could be greater on the international scene.

    Mr. Bedie declared that the present world economic situation heralded a new period of expansion for the industrialised countries while the new economic order, so eagerly awaited by the Third World, might still remain a distant dream.

    Also addressing the meeting was the head of the Togolese delegation, Mr. Tevi Benissan, who recalled that when the treaty was signed to create the Community, heads-of-states clearly expressed the political will to overcome language barriers int he region.

    He said governments agreed to do whatever they could to promote the development of the region as a whole and an effective way of doing this was to establish the institutions of the Community as quickly as possible.

    (The member states of the West Africa Economic Community are Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Upper Volta, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo and Senegal -- the only country still to ratify the treaty creating the Community.)
    SYNOPSIS: A two-week meeting of experts from the 15 states of the West African Economic Community was opened in Abidjan on Monday by the Ivory Coast Minister of Finance and the Economy Henri Konan Bedie. Mr. Bedie told the experts that the Community must become more organised so that its negotiating power could be greater on the international scene. He expressed the view that the new economic order eagerly awaited by the Third World might remain a distant dream.

    The meeting was called to study five documents prepared by Nigeria and Togo whose governments played leading roles in the creation of the Community. The documents will form the basis on which the various institutions of the Community will operate.

    Also addressing the meeting was the head of the Togolese delegation Tevi Benissan. He reminded delegates that when the Treaty was signed to create the Community, member states promised to do whatever they could to promote the development of the region as a whole.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD3NO82KDH9U5V65EDQRDWI5EH
    Media URN:
    VLVAD3NO82KDH9U5V65EDQRDWI5EH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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