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close this bookThe Courier N 125 Jan - Feb 1991 - Dossier: Roads - Country Reports: Congo (EC Courier, 1991, 108 p.)
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A new editor

Editing the Courier is a formidable task. It means running a team of ACP and European journalists, expressing and respecting the sensitivities of the partners in North and South alike yet keeping the message and information lively... I admire all those who can do it.

Marie-Helene Birindelli, who was appointed editor in 1986, has made a success of this challenging job over the past four years. Readers are used to seeing her signature at the bottom of articles in the journal. We all remember her interesting dossiers on informatics and development, on national languages and on the life of a project. We also remember her excellent initiatives such as the Mailbag, the short story competition, the questionnaire which gave us so much clearer an idea of you, the readers, and your wants and interests and, more prosaically, the coloured cover pages.

Very fortunately, Marie-Helene Birindelli is staying at the Directorate-Generalfor Development, which she entered in 1962. Her varied, but primarily economic. training, all the experience she has gained in the house and her knowledge of the terrain and the context of ACP-EEC relations cannot but stand her in good stead in her new post as the head of the Division which coordinates all our schemes, our technical cooperation and the financing committees.

The new editor is Dominique David, the first Commission Delegate to the ACP countries to have the job, to which he has been appointed after working for 10 years in Africa (in Mauritania, Gabon, Sao Tome & Principe and Niger).

Dominique David, who trained in law, political science and economics and was once a university teacher, brings to the job the fresh eye of the man in the field. He is familiar with political and institutional communication, something he has both practised and taught, and his varied experience will, I know, be a great asset when it comes to keeping up the well-known standards of our Courier, which is an excellent means of charting relations between the ACP and the Community and fostering mutual understanding among the ACPs themselves.

I wish Marie-Helene Birindelli every success in her new job and I wish Dominique David - who has fret-hand knowledge of the interest in this journal of ours and what is expected of it - every success in this new experience in the service of our readers.

I shall continue to do my job as publisher as remotely and discreetly as possible, leaving the way clear for our journalists to express themselves freely, without any feeling of being under pressure.

In a world in which freedom of expression and democracy’ are making such marvellous progress, the Courier cannot be allowed to lag behind.

Dieter Frisch