West African businessmen have decided to establish closer links with their governments. Representatives from the?
West African businessmen have decided to establish closer links with their governments. Representatives from the member countries of the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce decided at their first annual meeting in Accra, Ghana, to appoint a committee to liaise between their governments and the Federation. The committee will also be responsible for ensuring that the Federation is associated with negotiations between African countries and the European Economic Community (EEC), and with negotiations on the establishment of a West African economic community.
The three day conference was opened on October 11th by Ghana's Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong. Eighty delegates attended, representing the ten members which include: Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Ivory Coast, Upper, volta, Dahomey and Nigeria. Before the conference, the President of the Federation, Chief Fajemirokun of Nigeria, said the meeting was to pave the way for a regional economic community.
In a communique issued after the conference, the Federation said it would hold future annual conferences in rotation among member countries. It has also decided to publish a newsletter and business directory of West Africa, in English and French. Chief Fajemirokun says most newspapers and magazines in West African are politically orientated, As a result, he says, little attention is paid to the general economic progress of the region.