Malawi's President Kamuzu Banda called on the African, Caribbean and Pacific (A.C.P.) group on Thursday?
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Background: Malawi's President Kamuzu Banda called on the African, Caribbean and Pacific (A.C.P.) group on Thursday (11 December) to avoid creating another "bureaucratic octopus".
The President made his appeal when opening a conference of the A.C.P. Council of Ministers, called to work out budgetary and staff requirements for the new A.C.P. Secretariat in Brussels.
He said there were already too many "self-perpetuating bureaucratic monsters" on the international and inter-African scene and declared that the powers of the Secretariat must be clearly defined.
President Banda stated that there must be a body to whom the Secretariat would be responsible and that body must be given enough power to question any aspect of the Secretariat's operations.
The President pointed out that most international organisations spent money whether the spending was justified or not and appointed people because of what he described as pure nepotism or because they came from a certain country.
The A.C.P. is a grouping of 46 developing countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. They signed the Lome Convention in February this year. Under the Convention, the European Economic Community has agreed to provide aid and to allow their products to enter the Community duty-free.
SYNOPSIS: Malawi's new capital of Lilongwe was gaily decorated on Thursday for the official opening of the conference of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group. Major items on the Conference agenda included the appointment of a Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General for the new A.C.P. Secretariat in Brussels and budget to run the Secretariat in 1976.
Opening the Conference, Malawi's President Kamuzu Banda called on the group to avoid creating another "bureaucratic octopus". He said there must be strict financial control of the Secretariat's spending and accused other international organisations of spending money whether it was justified or not. The A.C.P. is a grouping of 46 developing countries which signed the Lome Convention last February. The Convention allows them to export their products to the European Economic Community duty-free.