The heads of state of the five member countries of the African Entente Council have been meeting in the Togolese capital of Lome.
The heads of state of the five member countries of the African Entente Council have been meeting in the Togolese capital of Lome. The Council is a political and economic organisation and its members are Benin, the Ivory Coast, Niger, Upper Volta and Togo. The heads of state met for two days under the chairmanship of the Togolese President, Gnassingbe Eyadema, and they agreed to the implementation of a five-year water supply programme.
SYNOPSIS: It was the first summit of Entente Council leaders since they met in the Ivory Coast in February 1976. Four heads of state were present, the presidents of the Ivory Coast, Upper Volta, Niger and Togo. Benin, in the absence of President Mathieu Kerekou, was represented by the Minister of Industry and Crafts, Lieutenant-Colonel Barthelemy Ohouens. The conference was held in the President's palace in Lome, and its aims were to promote economic development in the five countries, as well as implement specific projects.
Niger's President Seyni Kountche, and President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast were two of the signatories to the communique issued at the end of the summit. It was also signed by President Eyadema, President Aboubakar Sangoule Lamizana of Upper Volta and Lieutenant Colonel Ohouens, and stated that they had noted with satisfaction the implementation of a rural development programme comprising 19 projects dealing with breeding, food production and piped water.
Mr. Edem Kodjo, the Togolese Foreign Affairs Minister, read the communique, which announced the installation of 1,000 piped water supply projects in each country. This would take five years, and the money for the project still had to be found.