Francophone mayors end 24th general assembly

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF) has commended the moral and final performance of its board for fiscal 2003/2004 as satisfactory.
AIMF made the commendation during its 24th general assembly, which ended here Wednesday.
At the meeting presided by AIMF chair and mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe, the Francophone mayors also unanimously decided to re- elect all outgoing members of AIMF, with the only change being the entry of Cotonou to replace Yaounde.
The mayor of Cotonou and former Benin president Nicephore Soglo joins his 14 other counterparts of African, American, Asian and European cities.
"We need his experience and advice in our team," Delanoe explained.
AIMF also agreed to extend its rank and file, by bringing from five to ten the number of cities in each member country allowed to join the world grouping.
"Yet this does not mean that we will henceforth have ten cities per country.
We are gradually heading to this possibility for the new memberships depend on the former members' assessment and acceptance of bidding cities," Delanoe added.
He lamented the absence of women in the Francophone mayors team, saying the next General Assembly will have to bridge the gender gap, even if such requires reviewing the organisation's statutes.
Abidjan, Bamako, Brazzaville, Beirut, Casablanca, Cotonou, Dakar, Libreville, Liège, Ouagadougou, Paris, Phnom Penh, Quebec, Saint-Louis and Tunis are the fifteen cities on the AIMF board.
The 24th General Assembly of Francophone mayors was held on the eve of the 10th International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) summit scheduled here 26-27 November under the theme "The Francophonie, an zone of solidarity for sustainable development.

25 novembre 2004 16:11:00

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