Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The meeting of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), meant for the monitoring an d implementation of recommendations made at the first session in March 2009 in Ba m ako, opened here on Tuesday, PANA reported.
The board will look into activities of the chairperson of the economic, social a nd cultural council of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, his contributions t o policies and programmes of the community, examine preparations and steps taken for the organization of the next general session of the council for the second t e rm and set a date for same.
During the inaugural session, CEN-SAD general secretary Mohamed Al-Madani Al-Al Azhari called on members of the regional organisation to cooperate to put in pla c e plans and programmes for economic, social and cultural development through the exchange of ideas and implement them in a bid to meet the aspirations and requir e ments of the CEN-SAD member countries.
Azhari also underscored the importance of such a meeting which is held at the ti me CEN-SAD member countries are facing challenges, including the security situat i on in the region and the world economic crisis which affects a number of member c ountries.
The chair of CEN-SAD Economic, Social and Cultural Council, Moussa Balla Couliba ly, hailed the efforts of Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi in the creation of the c ommunity and his initiative in resolving problems and conflicts all over the Afr i can continent.
Coulibaly underscored the key role played by the body as a consultative structur e which provides member countries with advice on economic, social and cultural i s sues and the putting in place a development policy, plan and programme in favour of the people of the region.
The economic, social and cultural Council of the Community of Sahel-Saharan stat es is a consultative body, specialized in helping bodies develop, conceive and i m plement plans and programmes for economic, social and cultural development, prom o te development and ensure good relations between plans within the community and t hose implemented at the national level.
The council is composed of five well-known members and effectively contributes t o the strengthening of the economic, social and cultural development programme o f the member countries.
The board, which leads the council is elected for three renewable years and is m ade up of a chairperson, a vice-chair, a rapporteur and five chairs of commissio n s, including the commission for economy and commerce, that for rural development , environement, education, health, social affairs, sciences and culture, the comm i ssion for communication, information, energy, new technologies and the commissio n for African integration.