Morocco chairs Council of CEN-SAD Foreign Ministers

Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco was elected to chair the 17th session of the Exe cutive Council of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) that began Mon d ay in the Moroccan capital city, Rabat, while Libya and Chad were respectively n a med vice-chair and rappateur, official sources said here.
During the two-day meeting, the Foreign Ministers of CEN-SAD member countries wi ll discuss several economic, social, and legal issues in order to enhance the in t egration of member countries of the community.
They will also adopt recommendations likely to further promote cooperation betwe en member states, in addition to reviewing the activity report by CEN-SAD Secret a ry General, the source said.
Moroccan Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri, speaking at the opening of the meeti ng, expressed the total availability of his country to cooperate with CEN-SAD me m ber countries to instil new dynamics in the African organisation.
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Morocco is "firmly convinced that CEN-SAD can tackle the challenges facing the A frican continent and consolidate its position within the regional and internatio n al economic order," Fihri said.
CEN-SAD, an organisation to which Morocco has been a member since 2001, is aimed at setting up a comprehensive economic union based on the implementation of a c o mmunity plan supplementing and supporting the national economic development plan s of member countries.
The promotion of foreign trade and the development of land, air and sea transpor t and communications means are also among the objectives of the regional entity, founded in 1998 in Tripoli, Libya, and is currently made up of 28 countries.
The 16th session of the Executive Council of CEN-SAD was held in Cotonou, Benin, in June 2008.

09 Fevereiro 2009 19:04:00




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