Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) - The Acting Secretary General of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Niger’s Ibani Ibrahim, has welcomed efforts by Libya to resume its activities at the regional organisation.
Activities of CEN-SAD, founded in 1998 and based in Libya, plummeted during the popular uprising that toppled the Kadhafi regime in 2011.
But the current Libyan authorities have reaffirmed their commitment to the organisation, which they describe as a tool for achieving development, stability and security on the continent.
Mr. Ibani, who was receiving the letters of credence from the Ambassadors of Egypt, Sudan and Tunisia as permanent representatives of their countries to the General Secretariat of CEN-SAD in Tripoli, said Libya has emerged as the leading country of the organisation and has a relevant vision for reviving this regional structure.
CEN-SAD, a regional economic bloc, has two specialised agencies - the Sahel-Saharan Investment and Development Bank and the Economic, Cultural and Social Council.