Ouagadougou fourth venue of Francophone summit in Africa

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The 10th Francophonie summit convening from 26-27 November in Ouagadougou under the theme "Francophonie, a space of solidarity for a sustainable development", will be the fourth held on the African continent.
Preceding venues were Dakar (May 1989), Grand Baie (October 1993) and Cotonou (December 1995).
The summit of French-speaking nations, convened every other year since 1986, brings together heads of state and government who are members of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF).
Exercising a somewhat supreme authority, the Summit defines the plans and programmes of co-operation among member states for the coming years in order to meet its objectives and ensure the organisation's influence in global affairs.
The Ouagadougou summit, official sources hinted, will draw up a Declaration and ten-year Strategic Framework (2005-2014) for the OIF, as well as discuss the membership applications of seven new countries -- Republic of Armenia, Austria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Andorra and Greece -- and the change of status of member states Albania and Macedonia.
The sitting of the Permanent Council of Francophonie on 23 November and the ministerial conference of Francophonie set for 24 November will precede the summit.
In keeping with its rules, host President Blaise Campaore will chair the summit, and hold office until the next meeting two years later.
The organisation elects the secretary general of the OIF every four years, with former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf holding the post following his election at the Beirut Summit in 2002.

23 november 2004 18:07:00




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