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    Togo's Secretary of State in charge of Planning, Mr. Henri Dogo, last week met his?

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    Togo's Secretary of State in charge of Planning, Mr. Henri Dogo, last week met his Ghanian counterpart Major J, Felli, for talks on the formation of an Economic Community in West Africa.

    Ghana and Togo have always emphasised their good relations, and recently announced their border would be open permanently. Members of the Governments of both countries have repeatedly stressed their wish to eventually coalesce, wiping out the frontiers set up during the colonial era.

    On a larger scale, some basic principles for a proposed Economic Community of West African States were laid down, in meeting at the end of last year.

    Even more recently, the African World, an independent Ghanaian newspaper, called on the two countries to integrate and help to speed up the unification of the whole continent.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Henri Dogo, Secretary of State and in charge of Planning in the Government of Togo, told newsmen last week that he was optimistic about prospects for an economic union of the countries in West Africa. Mr. Dogo, who had just finished talks with Ghana's Minister of Planning, said he hoped to see the formation of the proposed Economic Community of West African States, whose basic principles were laid down when a number of African ministers held preliminary talks on the project in December.

    Also at the press conference was Ghanaian Planning Minister Colonel J. Felli. Colonel Felli said he looked forward to the formation of the community which, he said, would be sure to benefit the economies of its member states. Ghana and neighboring Togo expressed their mutual friendship, and there are many who urge the total integration of the two countries in the interests of speeding African Unity.

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