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    Thirty-four countries are represented at the first All-Africa Trade Fair - now open in the Kenya capital, Nairobi.

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    Thirty-four countries are represented at the first All-Africa Trade Fair - now open in the Kenya capital, Nairobi.

    The aim of the fair is to increase trade on the African continent, and to demonstrate to the world the continent's potential for development.

    Four heads of state attended the official opening ceremony on Thursday (24 Feb): President Kenyatta of Kenya, President Daddah of Mauritania, Emperor Haile Selassie and of Ethiopia and President Amin of Uganda.

    The fair remains open until the end of next week.

    SYNOPSIS: Kenya - and four heads of state drive together through Jamhuri Park in Nairobi at the opening of the first All-Africa Trade Fair. Kenya's President Kenyatta in there -- so is Mauritania's President Daddah, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and Uganda's President Amin.

    The fair has attracted exhibition from thirty-four countries. Its's being jointly sponsored by the Kenya Government and the Organisation for Africa Unity. The object is two-fold: to increase trade between African countries and to show the world what potential for development exists on the African continue Coinciding with the fair is a symposium of Inter-African Trade.

    The official opening ceremony was carried out by President Kenyatta. His duties included the inspection of a guard of honour. During the later part of the ceremony President Kenyatta was to tell the crowd that the aim of the fair should be to exploit a fundamental spirit of true African brotherhood. He added: "Here is a chance to consolidate our economic strength through what we ourselves can produce and deliver".

    Military units provided a spectacle to mark the opening of the fair. Planes flew overhead -- while President Kenyatta and his guests watched from the dais.

    A Kenya police helicopter arrived as a climax to proceedings. On board was a United Nations representative bringing with him a message from the Secretary-General, Dr. Waldheim. The message said it was especially appropriate that the fair should take place at the outset of the second United Nations development decade.

    As the opening ceremony ended, Kenya Army gunners fined rockets carrying the flags of all the nations represented at the fail. The All Africa Trade Fair closes at the and of next week.

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