A swift response to the needs of Central African countries
Jacques Diouf officially inaugurates FAO’s Sub-regional Office in Libreville
25 July 2007, Rome/Libreville – As part of FAO’s reform process, Mr. Jacques Diouf, the Organization’s Directeur General, today officially inaugurated FAO’s Sub-regional Office for Central Africa in Libreville.
Addressing Gabon’s Prime Minister Mr. Jean Eyéghé Ndong and the many political and diplomatic figures present at the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Diouf said he was convinced that the sub-regional Office in Libreville «would answer the needs of Central African countries and help in our common struggle to achieve food security for all the people of the sub-region».
Mr. Diouf thanked the President and the Government of Gabon for their «constant support to FAO» since joining the Organization in 1961. He added that FAO had undertaken «important reforms in an effort to adapt to changes in the global environment» and had, as part of a decentralisation strategy, set up a number of new sub-regional Offices in Africa and elsewhere.
As well as the six member countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) -- Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon – the Office in Libreville will also serve the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sao Tome and Principe.
These countries will benefit from the technical support of the sub-regional Office, drawing on the skills of specialists covering FAO’s main fields of technical expertise: agricultural policy, investment, land and water, fisheries and aquaculture, forestry, plant production and protection and animal health. For two years, seven young experts from Gabon will take turns working alongside the multi-disciplinary team of FAO specialists.
The Sub-regional Office is expected to make a significant contribution to the implementation at national level of the Detailed Programme for the Development of Agriculture in Africa and the decisions taken at the African Union Summit in Maputo (July 2003).
The other Sub-regional Offices for Africa are located in Ghana for West Africa, Ethiopia for East Africa, Zimbabwe for Southern Africa and Tunis for North Africa.
Although part of FAO’s network of regional Offices, the Sub-regional Offices have a high level of autonomy which enables them to respond swiftly and effectively to requests from countries of the sub-region and regional economic development organizations.
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