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    In the heart of the Ivory Coast, a new city has risen from the jungle, which the government compares with Brazil's futuristic capital of Brasilia.

  • Description

    1.
    GV: High-rise building of Yamoussoukro
    0.04

    2.
    GV PAN: Over Housing estates
    0.13

    3.
    LV: Sign on roadside, birthplace of President Houphouet-Boigny
    0.16

    4.
    LV PAN: Traffic in street
    0.22

    5.
    LV PAN: Open market
    0.34

    6.
    CU AND SV: Woman cutting pineapple into slices and placing it into dish. (3 shots)
    0.44

    7.
    SV PAN: Women carrying goods, including sewing machine, on their heads.
    0.50

    8.
    SV: Woman sorting bananas
    0.54

    9.
    CU: Earthenware pots on display
    0.56

    10.
    GV: Market place
    1.01

    11.
    GV EXTERIOR: Hospital building.
    1.07

    12.
    T, CU AND SV: Boys college and sign. (3 shots)
    1.20

    13.
    GV AND LV: "The President" Hotel with people around swimming pool. (2 shots)
    1.28

    14.
    GV EXTERIOR: Town Hall building
    1.39

    15.
    GV: Wide deserted modern avenue
    1.44

    16.
    GV: The Presidential house
    1.49

    17.
    GV: Lake with visitors looking on (2 shots)
    2.00

    18.
    TV AND CU: Man feeling meat to alligators (5 shots)
    2.27

    19.
    GV: Saint Augustine cathedral in white marble
    2.34

    20.
    GV: The Blue Mosque in white marble
    2.40

    21.
    TOP GV: Overlooking city
    2.46




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    Background: In the heart of the Ivory Coast, a new city has risen from the jungle, which the government compares with Brazil's futuristic capital of Brasilia. The city has been built on the site of Yamoussoukro village -- birthplace of President Felix Houphouet Boigny and his family.

    SYNOPSIS: With its ambitious housing projects, Yamoussoukro bears little resemblance now to the village which had changed little for three hundred years. There's considerable pride in the fact that the President's birthplace has become an African showpiece.

    Development began twenty years ago, when Mr. Houphouet Boigny became the first President of the Ivory Coast -- and now the city is virtually completed. Traditional activities haven't disappeared, though; the market remains a centre of Yamoussoukro's commerce. The original village is in Baoule country, the geographical centre of the Ivory Coast, which was first settled by migrants from Ghana in the 18th century.

    It's hoped that tourists will be attracted by the new facilities and the atmosphere of old Africa. An international airport has already been built, but the government is proud of the fact that the needs of local people haven't been ignored.

    There's a new hospital with five hundred beds and badly-needed medical equipment. Also completed are two high schools, one for three thousand boys, and the other for a thousand girls, reserved for the country's best science and mathematics students.

    A first-class hotel for visiting businessmen and tourists is not far from a conference centre -- two ways of bringing in foreign currency.And for local administrators, a Town Hall has been provided which is described as being in a 'tastefully modern Italian design'.

    One main street is said to be as wide as the Champs Elysees, although as yet the volume of traffic cannot compete with its French counterpart. The government has given no figures for the population of Yamoussoukro, or the cost of the building the city.

    Brasilia has been criticised as futuristic white elephant which failed to lure businesses, tourists or residents. But the government on the Ivory Coast maintains that Yamousskoukro has been provided with a balanced economy, which includes employment for the local population as well as all the requirements of an ideal holiday resort. Feeding the alligators is one way for tourists to pass time.

    Yamoussoukro isn't all modern. Saint Augustine Cathedral has been built in neo-classical style, and Moslem worshippers have the Blue Mosque which, although new, retains a traditional appearance. Whatever else it may be, Yamoussoukro is certainly an impressive tribute to the country's President.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1K2161A6C2386I3SFJATATNWZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1K2161A6C2386I3SFJATATNWZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:46:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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