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Congo: Chad, Benin presidents arrive in Congo

Imfondo, Congo - Chadian president Idriss Déby and Beninese president Boni Yayi, arrived on Thursday in Impfondo in northern Congo to attend the 3rd international Forum of Indigenous Peoples of Central Africa (FIPAC).

The two presidents were welcomed at Impfondo airport by their Congolese counterpart, Denis Sassou Nguesso. President Déby is the current chairman of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC).

The session under the theme, “Indigenous peoples, traditional know-how and green economy”, will see the inauguration and official handing over of FIPAC to CEEAC.

The forum was conceived to be a high level meeting point for the sharing of experience of challenges of indigenous people in Central Africa.

It also offers the opportunity to express the cultural and traditional values likely to back sustainable development and promote sub-regional cooperation and integration on the indigenous issues in the Congo basin.

The 1st edition was held in 2007 with, among other things, the objective to strengthen the capacities of Central Africa’s indigenous peoples on their rights under international and national conventions related to sustainable management and preservation of forest ecosystems.

In Congo, indigenous people represent less than 10% of the population, estimated at 4 million inhabitants.

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