• Short Summary

    The Belgian Foreign Minister, Renaat Van Elslande, arrived at Ndjili airport in Kinshasa on Friday (26 March) at the start of a two-day official visit.

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    The Belgian Foreign Minister, Renaat Van Elslande, arrived at Ndjili airport in Kinshasa on Friday (26 March) at the start of a two-day official visit. During his stay he signed an agreement on compensation for nationalised Belgian assets in Zaire.

    Mr. Van Elslande was met at the airport by the Zaire Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ngunza Karl I Bond, and the Belgian Ambassador to Zaire, Charles Kerremans.

    In November, 1973, President Mobutu of Zaire called for the "Zairization" of his country's economy. He ordered the immediate nationalisation of all plantation companies and the Belgian Mining Company, MIBA. This nationalisation was later extended to a wider range of foreign-owned companies.

    Under the agreement signed last Sunday (28 March), Belgian will receive compensation for those of its assets in Zaire which were nationalised.

    The agreement also envisages greater Belgian investment in Zaire, as well as economic, technological, scientific and industrial cooperation.

    Mr. Van Elslande visited Zaire in September, 1975, with the Belgian Prime Minister, Leo Tindemans. On that visit, the two countries agreed to continue regular contacts through a joint commission. This commission was to "meet at least twice a year alternately in Kinshasa and in Brussels".

    SYNOPSIS: Ndjili airport in Kinshasa, Zaire, where the Belgian Foreign Minister, Renaat Van Elslande, arrived at the start of his two-day official visit.

    The Zaire Foreign Minister, Ngunza Karl I Bond, was at the airport to greet Mr. Van Elslande. The Belgian Ambassador to Zaire, Charles Kerremans, was also present. During the visit, the Belgian Foreign Minister had talks on compensation for nationalised Belgian assets in Zaire.

    In November, 1973, President Mobutu of Zaire called for major changes in his country's economy. He ordered the immediate 'Zairization' -- nationalisation -- of all plantation companies and the Belgian Mining Company. This was followed by the nationalisation of many other foreign-owned companies.

    The to countries held their talks at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Kinshasa. The compensation talks follow a visit to Zaire in September, 1975, by the Belgian Prime Minister, Leo Tindemans. Mr. Van Elslande accompanied his Prime Minister on that occasion when a joint commission was formed to discuss mutual cooperation.

    Before leaving Zaire, Mr. Van Elslande signed an agreement with Mr. Karl I Bond on compensation to Belgium, for its assets nationalised in 1973. The agreement also envisages greater Belgian investment in Zaire, as well as economic, technological and industrial cooperation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1TG5LTV7KZ86G5I6TY73L35V1
    Media URN:
    VLVA1TG5LTV7KZ86G5I6TY73L35V1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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