Subject: Portuguese Speaking Cities Organisation to Meet in October

Africa News

July 21, 2003 Monday

Angola; Portuguese Speaking Cities Organisation to Meet in October

Angola Press Agency

The Portuguese Speaking Cities Organisation (UCCLA) will meet in general ordinary assembly on October, in Salvador da Baia (Brazil), announced Sunday, here, the organisation's secretary general, Antonio de Gouveia.

Speaking to Angop, Antonio Gouveia informed that the meeting will discuss internal aspects of the organisation as well as touch on the need for governments to increase the monetary contribution of their member cities so that they can give solutions to the problems facing their respective populations.

The secretary general explained that most populations of the UCCLA's 21 member cities are facing serious social problems, namely, lack of drinking water, electricity, access to education and health care assistance as well as problems with community basic sanitation.

Antonio Gouveia also manifested his concern about the situation in Dili (East- Timor's capital), a city that has been devastated by war and whose population faces serious social problems. "We have to assist Dili with its reconstruction (...), Dili has to be beside us", he said.

Antonio Gouveia is heading a UCCLA delegation made up of Portuguese entrepreneurs that is in the central Huambo province since last weekend surveying the region's possible areas of investiment.

The UCCLA has its headquarters in Lisbon (Portugal).

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