Libyan official commends CEN-SAD achievements

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The secretary of the Libyan general people's Committee for External Relations and International Co-operation (minister of foreign affairs), Abderrahman Chalgham, who is also chairman of the executive board of the Community of Sahelian-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), late Thursday here highlighted the important achievements of the organisation, noting that it had become an "active political and economic gathering".
Addressing the press in Sirte (central Libya), Chalgham enumerated the achievements by the CEN-SAD in its regional and international objectives in a bid to meet the expectations of its people "in regard to peace, stability, development and progress".
He hailed the CEN-SAD projects launched in conjunction with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and others, currently being implemented in several countries within the grouping.
The Libyan official noted that the Community was also implementing other programmes on veterinary health to tackle human and animal diseases as well as programmes to promote trade between countries.
Also, Chalgham said that the Sahelian-Saharan Bank for Trade and Investment, the financial organ of the Community, intends to extend its activities after making "big steps in funding various socio-economic projects".
He said the bank was working with a share capital of about US$500 million.
He said great progress has been made on educational programmes and that the Community was now working in co-ordination with the African Union, the EU and international organisations on illegal immigration.
On the CEN-SAD ninth summit slated for 2-3 June in Sirte, Chalgham said the meeting would "thoroughly" look into the issues submitted and "would act generally towards their activation".

01 juin 2007 10:38:00




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