Post and Telecommunications Ministers from several African countries have been meeting in Brazzaville in an extraordinary session of the council of ministers of the African Postal and Telecommunications Union.
GV: EXT or African Postal and Telecommunications Union building.
SV: EXT Congolese Post and Telecommunications Minister Celestin Goma Foutou and Niger Post & Telecommunications Minister Major Sory Mamadou Diallo (white suit) walk to platform and sit down.
SV: Delegates from Congo seated.
CU: Ivory coast delegates.
CU: Delegates from Senegal and Chad. (2 shots)
SV: Diallo addresses meeting.
CU: Delegates from Benin watch as Diallo sits down to applause. (2 shots)
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Background: Post and Telecommunications Ministers from several African countries have been meeting in Brazzaville in an extraordinary session of the council of ministers of the African Postal and Telecommunications Union.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting opened at the Union's headquarters in the Congolese capital on Tuesday (12 July). The Congolese Minister of Information, Post and Telecommunications, Monsieur Celestin Goma Foutou, presided over the session and one of the principal speakers on the opening day was Niger's Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Major Sory Mamadou Diallo -- seen here in the white suit.
The meeting in Brazzaville was called following a decision taken by Post and Telecommunications minister of the member countries of the Union during a conference in Nouakchott, Mauritania in January. It's main aims are to examine the union's objectives in the light of it's current budget.
Another item on the agenda is the discussion of plans for the establishment of a permanent staff for the general secretariat of the union. The African Postal and Telecommunications Union was founded in 1935 and has ten member countries. Its aims are to improve postal and telecommunications services between the countries involved.