INTRODUCTION: Ministers from member states of the Agency for the Safety of Aerial Navigation (ASECNA) have been meeting in the Togolese capital of Lome.
GV EXTERIOR 'Hotel of 2nd February' in Lome. (2 SHOTS)
GV INTERIOR Podium and conference hall.
SV Mr. Ayite Gachin Mivedor (centre) seated at podium with other ministers.
SV PAN Delegates seated during meeting (left to right; Niger, Gabon, France, Ivory Coast).
SVs PAN Row of delegates. (5 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Ministers from member states of the Agency for the Safety of Aerial Navigation (ASECNA) have been meeting in the Togolese capital of Lome. ASECNA was created in December 1959 in order to control and safeguard civil aviation in fourteen African countries.
SYNOPSIS: The main aim of the two-day meeting was to draw up a new five-year plan for the organisation, and to elect executive officers to the Agency's administrative staff. This was the twelfth meeting of ASECNA's Council of Ministers.
At the opening session Mr. Ayite Gachin Mivedor, representing Togo President Gnassingbe Eyadema, stressed the need for a new spirit of dynamism in the organisation. He called on members to reach beyond any regional and political considerations and to concentrate on strengthening their common bonds of solidarity.
During the meeting, ministers agreed to slow down the rate of investment in member countries, in order to ensure better maintenance of equipment already installed under the programmed of the last five years. The decision was taken in the light of ASECNA's current economic difficulties. Members also paid tribute to French assistance in running the Agency and expressed the hope this co-operation would continue.