An agreement was signed in Ouagadougou, Upper Volta on Thursday (December 3) to develop the Liptako-Gourma Region.
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SV INT Presidents Diori of Niger, Moussa Traore of Mali and Sanigoule Lamizana of Upper Volta signing agreement
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Background: An agreement was signed in Ouagadougou, Upper Volta on Thursday (December 3) to develop the Liptako-Gourma Region. The Protocol document was signed by Niger President Diori Hamani, President Moussa Traore of Mali and Upper Volta President Sngoule Lamizana.
The Liptako-Gourma Region lies between the three countries. It is land rich with possibilities for new mineral mining ventures, agriculture and cattle raising pasture.
A draft agreement between the three countries was drawn up at a meeting of experts last August. At the tripartite summit the three heads of state put their signatures on the document which, with their three-way co-operation, could open up a new land of vast potential.
After the signing of the agreement the President of Upper Volta, General Sangoule Lamizana, stressed the most important aspects of the nascent economic group.
The social and economic development of the region, said the President, would be based on the area's considerable known mineral wealth. The exploitation of these raw materials would justify the construction of a railroad linking the area to the sea, as well as the development of the infrastructure of an important industrial area.
The aim of the meeting was to pave the way for this economic co-operation, said the president of Mali, Moussa Traore, at the airport. This had been achieved with the establishment of a permanent committee for the integrated development of the Liptako-Gourma Region.
Upper Volta Foreign Minister Malic Zorome read a communique after the President's meeting, which stressed that the Heads of State had not limited their discussions to economic development. They death with a large variety of international and African matters, dwelling especially on the alleged invasion of Guinea by Portuguese-led forces. the President of the three countries reiterated their total support of the territorial integrity of independent and sovereign states, and restated their support for the government of Guinea.