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Press Release 01/88 C12


Rome, 9 November 2001. - The Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today elected Mr. Aziz Mekouar of Morocco as independent Chairman of the Council for the next two years. He replaces Mr. Sjarifudin Baharsjah of Indonesia.

The Conference also elected the Members of the FAO Council, which consists of 49 Member States and is the Organization's governing body between sessions of the Conference.

The newly-elected independent Chairman of the Council was born in Fès in 1950. Married with one child, he holds a degree from the Higher School of Commerce (HEC), Paris, and speaks Arabic, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Since September 1999, Mr. Mekouar has been Ambassador of Morocco to Italy, Malta and Albania and Permanent Representative to FAO. Since November 1999, he was also Chairman of the FAO Finance Committee.

Before his appointment in Rome, Mr. Mekouar was Ambassador of Morocco to Portugal from 1993 to 1999, and Ambassador to Angola from 1986 to 1993. Previously he held positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of his country.

Mr. Mekouar is the author of several theses and studies, including: studies and analyses on the situation in Angola, 30 Years of Italian Domestic Policy, 30 Years of Italian Foreign Policy, studies on the Asia-dollar and prospective impact on the development of South-East Asia and a thesis on the fisheries sector in Argentina.

Mr. Mekouar holds the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Portugal, the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Christ and the Grand Cross of the Italian Order Merit.


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