OIF secretary-general to visit Bissau in May

Bissau- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau's entry into the Francophonie "is welcome and our country should take advantage it," Prime Minister Carlos Gomes has said.
Gomes added that he was pleased with the visit planned in May by the secretary-general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF), Abdou Diouf, the former Senegalese president.
"It is up to the authorities of Guinea-Bissau to do what it takes to establish with the OIF governing body a new form of a relationship in order to receive dividends from this world organisation," Gomes said.
He was speaking during the inauguration of the headquarters of the National Institute for the Francophonie and the Support Institute for Immigrants.
Foreign minister Soares Sambu attended the ceremony.
Gomes noted that his presence at the Francophone summit in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, recently "bears witness of his country's interest for the OIF," adding that Diouf was willing to help his country.
Guinea-Bissau, which joined the Francophonie in 1996, has also been a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) since May 1997.

31 march 2005 20:51:00

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