A week-long Romanian trade fair, the first staged by a socialist country in the Ivory Coast, was opened in the capital, Abidjan, on Tuesday (17 January).
GV: Trade fair site. (TWO SHOTS)
GV & SV: Vehicles and agricultural machines. (THREE SHOTS)
SV: Ivory Coast Commerce Minister Maurice Gnoleba cuts ribbon to open fair and delegate applaud.
SV: Minister Gnoleba and others looking at exhibits. (THREE SHOTS)
SV: Exhibits and spectators. (FIVE SHOTS)
SV: Minister Gnoleba and others seated talking.
GV: People at exhibition.
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Background: A week-long Romanian trade fair, the first staged by a socialist country in the Ivory Coast, was opened in the capital, Abidjan, on Tuesday (17 January).
SYNOPSIS: Romania's trade with African countries, consisting of more than 50 commercial agreements, has tripled since 1970. This latest trade fair is part of the pattern of expanding African trade involvement.
It was officially opened by the Ivory Coast's Minister of Commerce, Mr. Maurice Gnoleba, and the Romanian Ambassador.
The fair follows a visit 10 months ago by Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu to the Ivory Coast and other West african countries. Soon after Mr. Ceausescu's visit, a 40-strong trade delegation, led by the head of Romania's Economic agency, Mr. Velicu Vioculescu, arrived in the Ivory Coast to organise the fair. Twenty four Romanian commercial groups are taking part.
Hundreds of products, representing all sectors of Romanian industry, are on show. The exhibits range from heavy agricultural machinery, trucks, cars and electrical goods to furniture, beauty products, medicines and foodstuffs. Organisers from both Romania and the Ivory Coast are hoping the fair will draw the attention of local businessmen to the capabilities of Romanian industry.
Since 1960, the Ivory Coast has had one of the highest growth rates in Black Africa-about eight percent a year.