Delegates to the African and Malagasy Sugar Agreement met in N'Djamena, capital of Chad, on Wednesday (6 November) for the sixteenth Session of the Agreement.
SV AND CU INTERIOR Sugar workers packing sugar in refinery at N'Djamena (5 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Conference Hall
GV INTERIOR Delegates seated round table
CU CHAD Minister of Economy speaking
SV Observers and Ministers seated (3 shots)
SV Delegates applaud
CU Ivory Coast Minister and President of Conference speaking
SV Delegates seated (3 shots)
SV Delegates around table
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Background: Delegates to the African and Malagasy Sugar Agreement met in N'Djamena, capital of Chad, on Wednesday (6 November) for the sixteenth Session of the Agreement. The meeting, attended by representatives from Chad, Gabon, Upper Volta, Ivory Coast and the People's Republic of the Congo, lasted for two days.
The African and Malagasy Sugar Agreement was signed in June 1966. It was an off shoot of the Afro-Malagasy Common Organisation (OCAM), which Chad and Malagasy have since left.
The production of sugar in African countires is becoming increasingly important in national agricultural policies.
The delegates underlined that the Sugar Agreement had to be safeguarded and expanded in view of the current world shortage of the commodity. President of the Session, the Ivory Coast's Minister of Commerce, Mr. Maurice Seri Ngoleba told the conference that Africa could play an important role in the world sugar market. He said that members of the African and Malagasy Sugar Agreement must exert all efforts to take advantage of the present situation, despite the difficulties arising from the departure of certain members from OCAM.