Trade was the biggest and greatest international language between people and nations, Uganda's President, Dr.?
OBOTE OPENING THE FAIR; PEOPLE MOVING AMONG THE EXHIBITS; TANZANIAN, HUNGARIAN, ITALIAN, WEST AND EAST GERMAN, CZECHOSLOVAK, AND KENYA PAVILIONS; VISITORS RIDING MINIATURE TRAIN.
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Background: Trade was the biggest and greatest international language between people and nations, Uganda's President, Dr. Milton Obote, said when he officially opened the three-day 1969 Zambia Trade Fair in Ndola, on Saturday (5 July).
A country with strong trading links with another, Dr. Obote said, projected its image and energy much more effectively in the other country even if the two did not have diplomatic relations.
The Uganda President, who is on a three-day official visit to Zambia, and who was accompanied at the fair by Zambia's President Kaunda, added that his country would be proud and happy to sell whatever it produced to Rhodesia, but Uganda would not do this because of human and moral considerations.
He added: "International trade is never healthy when the products are the results of immoral activities and where the value of man is not recognised", as in the case of Rhodesia.
Twelve countries, including Zambia, exhibited at this year's fair, which was the thirteenth such annual show: Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Democratic Republic of Germany, Federal Republic of Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, U.S.S.R., Sweden, Tanzania, and Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was exhibiting for the first time.
Supporting these international exhibitors were more than 200 local stands, ranging from the huge INDECO (Zambian Industrial Development Corporation) exhibit to small manufacturers in the "Buy Zambia" Hall.
According to the judges of the exhibits, this year's fair was the best yet. The award for the best overall exhibit went to the Copper Industries stand, mounted by Zambia's two huge copper-mining companies, Anglo American Corporation and Roan Selection Trust, while that for the best international exhibition went to the pavilion of the Federal Republic of Germany, which last year came third.
When the doors closed on Saturday (5 July), 11,146 people had passed through the turnstiles, compared with 7,400 on the opening day last year.