• Short Summary

    DELEGATES FROM 12 COUNTRIES SET UP A WEST AFRICAN COMMON MARKET WHEN THEY SIGNED ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION AT A MEETING IN ACCRA, GHANA.

  • Description


    DELEGATES IN CONFERENCE ROOM; BRIGADIER AFRIFA; VARIOUS DELEGATES SIGNING ARTICLES.




    Initials AB/VS/JF/MM



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: DELEGATES FROM 12 COUNTRIES SET UP A WEST AFRICAN COMMON MARKET WHEN THEY SIGNED ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION AT A MEETING IN ACCRA, GHANA. THE ARTICLES SET UP AN INTERIM COUNCIL OF MINISTER TO NEGOTIATE A TREATY ESTABLISHING THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY.

    THE OBJECT OF THE COMMUNITY IS TO FURTHER TRADE BETWEEN MEMBERS BY ELIMINATING CUSTOMS AND TRADE BARRIERS.

    COUNTRIES ATTENDING THE WEST AFRICAN SUB-REGIONAL CONFERENCE, CONVENED BY THE UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA (ECA) WERE DAHOMEY, GHANA, IVORY COAST, LIBERIA, MALI, MAURITANIA, NIGER, NIGERIA, SENEGAL, SIERRA LEONE, TOGO AND UPPER VOLTA.

    THE INTERIM COUNCIL OF MINISTERS IS EMPOWERED TO ESTABLISH A PROVISIONAL SECRETARIAT, AN INTERIM ECONOMIC COMMITTEE AND ANY OTHER SUBSIDIARY BODIES. THE COUNCIL WILL CEASE TO EXIST WHEN THE TREATY COMES INTO FORCE.

    THE ARTICLES, WHICH WERE SIGNED ON 4 MAY, 1967, ARE BEING DEPOSITED WITH THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS, U THANT, IN NEW YORK.

    THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF ECA, MR. ROBERT GARDINER, SAID THE ACTION THE DELEGATES HAD TAKEN EMPHASISED THE FACT THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM FOR AFRICA TO TACKLE COLLECTIVELY.

    EARLIER BRIGADIER A.A. AFRICA, THE MEMBER OF GHANA'S RULING NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR TRADE, FINANCE AND ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, SAID THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF GHANA WERE PROUD TO HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH WHAT HE CALLED "AN IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT". BRIGADIER AFRICA LED THE GHANIAN DELEGATION.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1FIMG7K0RRI769Y08NHQQCWPA
    Media URN:
    VLVA1FIMG7K0RRI769Y08NHQQCWPA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment