West Berlin's ninth international overseas import fair, "Partners in Progress", opened on Monday (20 September).?
West Berlin's ninth international overseas import fair, "Partners in Progress", opened on Monday (20 September). The fair is an opportunity for exporters from 54 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to display their wares to interested European buyers.
SYNOPSIS: At the exhibition grounds of West Berlin on Monday, the ninth overseas import fair opened. It's an annual opportunity for exporters from Africa, Asia, and Latin America to show their products to European buyers. The exhibition was attended by Klaus Schuetz, Mayor of West Berlin, and Philip Rosenthal, State Secretary of the West German Economics Ministry. They mingled with other viewers on the opening day.
Altogether some 550 firms from 54 countries are exhibiting their goods.
The theme of the exhibition this year is "Partners in Progress" - stressing cooperation between the developed and the developing countries. Opening the fair, Herr Rosenthal promised that West Germany would do its best to ensure a return to firm currency rates - a condition for the development of stable economics in the developing countries.
The Japanese stand featured the world's smallest cassette tape recorder - hardly in the same class as many of the skins, furs, fruits and rice from other stands.
The stand from Singapore also reflected its industrial progress. Electrical appliances figure prominently among the display of clothes, textiles, and plastic
South Korea's export industry has grown at an average rate of 40 per cent per year. Much of this comes to Europe.
West Germany is the biggest importer in Europe of products from Taiwan - and in West berlin for the fair are hot-selling items such as bicycles and wigs.
The week-long fair was described by the State Secretary for Economics as the most important of its kind in Europe - certainly it's among the most interesting.