A two-day summit meeting of the Organisation of Africa and Mauritius, OCAM was held last week (26 & 27 June) in Cotonou, Benin.
GV: Heads of State entering Conference Building
SV: Heads of State Mount Dais.
GV: Pan Delegates of Conference listening to Speaker.
SV: (L to R) President of Conference (in dark suit) Juvenal Habyalimana talking to Mathieu Kerekou, President of Benin. Nigerian President Seyni Kountche
CU: Habyalimana speaking to Delegates.
CU: President Gnassimgbe Ey Adema of Togo listening.
SV: Delegates listening to Habyalimana speaking.
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Background: A two-day summit meeting of the Organisation of Africa and Mauritius, OCAM was held last week (26 & 27 June) in Cotonou, Benin. The meeting inaugurated the new OCAM Village, built especially to house their conference centre on the Atlantic Ocean. Since 1974 OCAM's main aims have been to join African economic communities within a single federation, to been to join African economic communities within a single federation, to been to encourage overseas credit and give greater assistance to poorer nations.
SYNOPSIS: It was the tenth OCAM conference and meetings were held behind closed doors, except for the opening and closing ceremonies.
Only five of the nine members Heads of State were present. Since 1974 seven member states have gradually broken away from the organisation (because of political crises). OCAM has decided to no longer join in the internal politics of member countries.
The outgoing Conference President met Mr. Juvena Habyalimana, with the new President, Colonel Mathieu Kerekou, President of Benin, and Nigerian President Seyni Kountche before addressing the delegates.
OCAM was one of the first African organisations to be founded. It was formed thirty four years ago as an All-African Common Market. Aside from the budget, other topics included for discussion were the development of a Social Security System for thousands of migrant workers of member states, and the creation of joint maritime company.