Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The Community of Sahelian-Saharan States (CEN- SAD) secreary-general, Mohamed Al-Madani Al-Azhari, said here late Thursday that the ninth summit of the organisation due to take place here Saturday would be dedicated to economic and social development within the regional bloc.
Speaking to journalists on the fringes of the 15th session of the CEN-SAD executive board, Al-Azhari said the organisation had completed constituting its institutions "which are ready to implement the development programmes", adding that CEN-SAD has started giving priority to food security and agricultural co-operation within the region in 2006.
He noted that Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi, who is the current chairman of the CEN-SAD, has called for the implementation of projects to benefit the people in the region.
"The CEN-SAD is working towards attaining the goals for which it was set up, notably the formation of the United States of Africa and as a framework of contact and dialogue for its member countries," Al-Azhari said.
The CEN-SAD secretary-general further noted the existence of projects to foster trade between member countries as well as other projects submitted by the member countries' Interior ministers on the free movement within the grouping.
Also, he said, the CEN-SAD summit would examine the membership applications by two new countries- the Comoros Islands and Guinea.