It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing away of Ahmad El Soufi, on 29th December, at Tours in France. Professor at the Univesity François-Rabelais at Tours, Ahmad El Soufi was a major actor of CIMPA for many years, especially through his activities in Africa and the Middle East. All those who had the pleasure of knowing him will treasure the memory of a very cultivated man, full of humanity, of tremendous kindness and of a contagious joie de vivre. We shall be forever grateful to our friend Ahmad for the great energy which he bestowed continuously in the service of the development of mathematics, and we share the grief of his family and those dear to him.
The Bureau and the Director.