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    Japan is to help 21 African countries from Mauritania to Angola to East establish an Academy of Science on Maritime Technology.

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    Japan is to help 21 African countries from Mauritania to Angola to East establish an Academy of Science on Maritime Technology. This academy--the first of its kind on the African continent--will be built at a cost of nearly a billion dollars some 20 kilometres (13 miles) outside the Ivory Coast's capital Abidjan. It will open its doors in 1981 for some 500 students who will be able to study a range of subjects including maritime navigation and medicine.

    SYNOPSIS: It was to discuss the final arrangements for the project that a six-member strong Japanese delegation, headed by Professor Hiroshi Nagasawa from Japan's Institute of Maritime Navigation, arrived in Abidjan last Sunday (30 (30 September). The Japanese wanted to meet with the Ivory Coast government on the spot, inspect the proposed site where to Academy is to be built, and examine plans for the massive project.

    The Academy is to be built on this site, 20 kilometres west of Abidjan. The complex will encompass 126 hectares (310 acres) and include administrative buildings amphitheatres, classrooms, studios, a hospital, a restaurant and a stadium complex.

    During the visit to the Ivory Coast, the Japanese delegation had many working sessions with representatives of the Ivory Coast's Merchant Marine. The delegations worked out the most suitable site and arrangements for the planned academy. Experts on both sides gave their views on how to best carry out the project. Next on the delegation's itinary was a visit to the existing panafrican school for maritime navigation, a school which has outgrown the huge demand for maritime experts.

    The Merchant Marine school--GEMMA--for short, trains naval officers.

    When the Japanese arrived they were shown around the school and its workshops. There they gathered valuable information about the layout and organisation of the future academy.

    Work on the construction of the new academy is scheduled to begin in March 1980. The project is being financed partly by the Ivory Coast and partly by all other member nations of the International Consultative Organisation of Maritime Navigation (OMCI).

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