Francophonie summit organisers issue work programme

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Ten-minute speeches by personalities from different geographical zones will mark the official kick-of of the 10th heads of states and government summit of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), which opens in Ouagadougou Friday.
The theme of the two-day conference is "The Francophonie, an area of solidarity for sustainable development".
According to a programme obtained by PANA in Ouagadougou, several leaders including the host, Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and his colleagues from Lebanon, France, Gabon, the Belgium French Community, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Madagascar and Canada are expected to address the opening ceremony.
These would be followed by heads of continental organisations, including Alpha Ouamr Konare, the chairperson of African Union (AU) Commission.
UN secretary general Kofi Annan, who arrived here Wednesday evening, left Ouagadougou on Thursday for New York to handle last-minute emergencies.
After the opening ceremony protocols, summit leaders will pose for the customary family photograph before attending a luncheon offered by the OIF secretary general, Abdou Diouf.
The first plenary session will be held from 1500 to 1800 and begin with an address by the summit's chairperson, followed by the formation of the conference bureau and the adoption of the draft agenda.
This will be followed by the presentation of various reports, including that of Francophone Ministers Conference (CMF) chairperson on applications for membership and a review of statute for others.
The Francophonie Secretary general will also present his activity report.
Then the summit will discuss Diouf's report before a keynote presentation by the Francophonie Parliamentary Assembly (APF) and the Declaration of the Youth Francophone Parliament to the conference chairman.
Friday's discussions are expected to end with an examination of the summit's economic component, with papers on "poverty alleviation" (Burkina Faso) "micro-credit" (France), NOPADA/NEPAD (Senegal) and "World Solidarity Fund" (Tunisia).
On Saturday, a closed door session is scheduled between 0900 and 1100 to discuss urgent international issues, notably Cote d'Ivoire.
The summit is expected to press Ivorian parties to implement the Marcoussis and Accra III accords and focus on other flash points in the Great Lakes, Sudan, as well as the Middle- East, among others.
The plenary session resumes shortly after 1100 to examine the "cooperation" component and the adoption of the Ten-year Strategic Framework.
This will precede the Ouagadougou Declaration and the choice of a date and venue for the 11th OIF summit expected to be held in Romania in 2006.
Another meeting will later be organised to discuss outstanding issues, after which the leaders will adopt the final report and resolutions before the closing session, to be addresses by the OIF secretary general and the summit's chairperson.
The last item on the summit agenda is a press conference to be jointly addressed by Burkina Faso, France, Canada, the representative of the host country for the next summit, Romania, and the OIF secretary general.

26 november 2004 11:47:00




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