Ravalomanana urges OIF to address environment

Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy president Marc Ravalomanana on Tuesday sensitised the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) to devote adequate attention to environmental issues, as they represent the "wealth of certain member nations".
"My conviction remains that the Francophonie will add value to its actions and show greater interest in environmental issues.
Biodiversity is the key wealth of Madagascar, which welcomes you," Ravalomanana told the opening session of the Ministerial Conference of the Francophonie (CMF) here Tuesday.
The Malagasy leader also indicated environmental issues would give the Francophonie's actions a more tangible dimension in the interest of the populations of its members.
"The interest of OIF for the environment must involve highly tangible operations that the populations of its member states can see and appreciate.
That is why I invite you to grow olive plants with me on this day," he added.
Shortly after the opening of the CMF whose major issue will be that adoption of a new charter for the Francophonie, Ravalomanana and OIF secretary general Abdou Diouf planted 64 olive scions at the premises of the State House.
The last OIF summit held last November in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on the theme: "The Francophonie, a solidarity-based area for sustainable development".

22 Novembro 2005 13:00:00

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