|The Courier N° 119 Jan - Febr 1990 - Dossier National Languages - Country Report: Gambia (EC Courier, 1990, 100 p.)|
AFRICA-CARIBBEAN-PACIFIC - EUROPEAN COMMUNITY
LomV has been signed!-After a good deal of to-ing and fro-in, the new ACP-EEC Convention was signed in Lomn 15 December. The Courier will be publishing the complete text in its next issue. There are a good many innovations in LomV: new ACP States, a 10-year duration, help with structural adjustment, the abolition of special loans and the improvement of LomII texts on a number of subjects, particularly trade and Stabex. ECU 12 billion are on the table for the first five years of the new ACP-EEC agreement.
Meeting point: Domingo L. Siazon, Jr.
At a time when Third World economies are suffering a heavy debt burden and undergoing major structural adjustment, industrial development may seem less of a priority than hitherto. Yet in the view of UNIDO (the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation), there can be no meaningful economic growth unless one pays attention to industrial development. UNIDOs Director General Domingo M. Siazon, Jr. explains.
THE GAMBIA: The small West African nation of The Gambia, which has been for over two decades a bastion of democracy and respect for human rights in the African continent, has adopted an economic policy that most experts have described as ultra-liberal.
Dossier: National languages
The language problem, which gives rise to such passion and controversy, is closely linked to development. Whether it concerns the political management of the State, rural administraiton, education, the media or culture, the choice of language to be used is a basic one. Our dossier offers some considerations at a general level as well as the analysis of some actual solutions adopted in a number of countries.