NGOs prepare parallel summit to Francophonie Saturday

Paris- France (PANA) -- Two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in France Thursday announced preparations to hold a parallel summit Saturday in Grenoble to Francophonie summit that begins Friday in Ouagadougou.
Organisers said the parallel summit in the eastern French city of Grenoble aims to reflect on the functioning of the Francophonie organisation.
The NGO Survie and the French Norbert Zongo Committee (COFANZO), which was named after Norbert Zongo, Burkina Faso's journalist slain in 1998, announced the parallel summit in press release here Thursday.
Three conferences with one titled "the survival of colonial ties" will mark the event, which is regarded as a rejoinder to the official Francophonie summit scheduled 26-27 November in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Both NGOs urged participants to the counter-summit to reflect on the mechanisms barring the development of "dominated" countries "and the resistance recorded here and there".
Other events are slated in the French cities of Bègles, Bressuire and Paris on the themes, "the Francophonie and human rights", "The Francophonie a showcase of France-Africa (entente)".
In anticipation of criticism from the civil society, President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso who is host of the summit, on Wednesday pleaded for "a Francophonie with more solidarity".
In a letter contributed to the editors' column in the French daily Le Monde, Compaore said the Francophonie organisation would be significant today only if it offers development opportunities to countries in the South.
He hoped the tenth Ouagadougou summit end Saturday with the definition of a clear programme to share resources between rich and poor nations in the Francophonie organisation.

25 november 2004 16:33:00




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