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Union Africaine et Malgache

Organisation Commune Africaine et Malgache

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[Union Africaine et Malgache]
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'Organisation Commune Africaine et Malgache'; the French-speaking States of Africa and Mauritius belong to it; it strives towards co-operation in political, economic, social, technical and cultural matters. The organisation, which since 1965 has this name, developed from the 'Union Africaine et Malgache' (UAM), of which in March 1961 the Ivory Coast, Upper Volta, Niger, Dahomey, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), the Central African Republic, Senegal, Mauritania, Cameroon, Gaboon and Madagascar became members. Later Congo (Kinshasa), Ruanda, Togo became members; Mauritania stepped out. On the UAM-conference of April 1962 a common flag was adopted, for which according to the goals set by the organisation only the pan-African colors would be right. The example for the graphic design apparently was the flag of the European Council: on a green field 12 golden stars (here clearly identified as the founding members of the organisation) in a circle surrounding a red map with yellow fimbriation of not only all member-states, but of the whole continent including the island Madagascar.
Source: Arnold Rabbow, 'dtv-Lexikon politischer Symbole', 1970
Jarig Bakker, 30 July 1999

The Flag

Seen on Congo (Brazzaville) stamps at the flag of the Union Africaine et Malgache, a regional organisation which lasted at least until 1974: on a green background a red outlined map of Africa and Madagascar, around it a ring of 12 golden stars. {Editor's note: Madagascar is missing from this image.]
Jean-François Blanc, 23 December 1998

At there is an interesting stamp from Benin for sale, see
It shows a variant of the OCAM flag, at the occasion the first anniversary of this organization's founding in 1961.
The flag shown mainly differs in the fact, that the map of Africa is not shown in red, fimbriated yellow, but in background colour (turquoise), fimbriated yellow.
A similar stamp is already mentioned at here. Perhaps the stamp itself is mentioned at here.
M. Schmöger, 16 January 2011

Variant of the flag

[Union Africaine et Malgache]
image located by Victor Lomantsov, 30 July 2015

Variant of the flag of L'Union Africaine et Malgache at the post stamps of Niger, 1962
Victor Lomantsov, 30 July 2015