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80. The Conference noted that Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa use other FAO languages to communicate during conferences. This situation is causing serious communication problems particularly in the exchange of information during technical meetings.

81. The Conference recommended that FAO should consider the use of Portuguese language during the 33rd Session of the FAO Conference in 2005.

82. The Meeting considered the proposal for holding a regional conference on food safety for Africa. It noted that the African countries’ Permanent Representatives to FAO have started discussion on the matter with FAO and WHO. The Conference supported, in principle, the convening of a regional conference on food safety for Africa and decided that Rome-based Permanent Representatives should continue their discussion with FAO and WHO to agree on the time and the venue of the Conference.

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