More than 100 delegates attended a two-day meeting of the Union of African Towns (UVA) held at Lome, the capital of Togo.
GV Delegates arriving at conference hall
SV INT President UVA bureau addressing meeting
SV PAN Delegates listening (2 shots)
SV Togo Interior Minister, Kpotivi Tevi Djidjogbe Lacle addressing meeting and women delegates listening (2 shots)
SV Lacle speaking and receiving applause
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Background: More than 100 delegates attended a two-day meeting of the Union of African Towns (UVA) held at Lome, the capital of Togo. It was the first full meeting of the union since its inception in 1975, and much of the programme was taken up with working out a constitution.
SYNOPSIS: The delegates, most of them mayors or civic dignitaries, came from larger towns and cities of twenty English, French and Portuguese-speaking African countries. There was one vote for each town on the issues discussed.
The meeting was opened by the President of the Union, M. Amadou Cisse Dia. He is President of Senegal's General Assembly, and mayor of one of the country's largest towns. He told the delegates that one of their main aims should be to see the creation of standardised parliamentary systems in all African countries. To achieve this they would have to be prepared to speak out.
Minister of the Interior for Togo, M. Kpotivi Tevi Djidjogbe Lacle, said the union would be a good basis for co-operation between African countries. He said it would also help to upgrade and improve the administration of African towns.