Abdou Diouf, OIF Secretary-General, Guest Speaker at the ADB

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Tunis, 26 September 2007 – The Secretary-General of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) and former President of Senegal, Mr. Abdou Diouf, will be the Guest Speaker under the Eminent Speakers Programme of the African Development Bank (ADB) on Thursday, 27 September 2007, in Mohamed Majoul Hall, Amen Bank, Tunis, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Mr. Diouf will give a presentation on: "Improving Africa’s Perspectives in a Globalized World: the Role of Regional Integration." The session will be chaired by ADB President, Mr. Donald Kaberuka.

Mr. Abdou Diouf was elected Secretary-General of the Francophonie on 20 October 2002, during the Ninth Francophonie Summit in Bayreuth. He took over from Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

The former President of Senegal has also contributed immensely to the strengthening of African unity. Indeed, he was OAU Chairman (July 1985-July 1986, and then in 1992) and ECOWAS Chairman (July 1991-July 1992). Furthermore, on many occasions, he fought for regional integration, which is one of his most cherished themes.


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