Members of Chamber s of Commerce from West African countries gathered in Freetown this week to form their own association.
GV Parliament building
SV INT. Sierra Leone delegates
SV Ghana delegate
SCU President of Chamber of Commerce
SV Niger & Nigerian delegates (2 shots)
SV Koroma speaking & Liberian delegate listening
SV PAN Togo delegate
SCU Niger ditto
SCU Dahomey ditto
CU Koroma speaking
SV Sierra Leone delegates & members of clergy (2 shots)
SV Women listening
GV Pres. Stevens' house
SCU Stevens meets delegates at garden party
SV Ghana delegate (2 shots)
SCU Two women drinking champagne
SV Stevens talking to guests
GV PAN Delegates at garden party
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Background: Members of Chamber s of Commerce from West African countries gathered in Freetown this week to form their own association.
Mr. T.F. Hope, President of the Sierra Leone Chamber, pointed out in his welcoming speech that most English-speaking West African nations were represented in the Federation of Commonwealth Chambers of Commerce. It was logical to found an association for West Africa which would also bridge the gap between English and French speaking nations in the region.
A constitution was evolved at a preliminary meeting in Nigeria in August, and the formal inaugural meeting took place on Tuesday (21 Nov.) in Freetown.
SYNOPSIS: Parliament building in Freetown was the scene of a conference which brought delegates to Sierra Leone from all over West Africa. It was the inaugural meeting of the West African Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. T.F. Hope, President of the Sierra Leone Chamber, welcomed delegates.
The new Chamber links business interests throughout West Africa. Unlike many other organisations, it includes both English and French speaking nations.
Mr. Sorie Koroma, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of Sierra Leone was guest of honour.
The first steps towards forming the chamber were taken several years ago when the idea was discussed by Mr. H.E.N. John, the late President of the Sierra Leone chamber, with his Nigerian counterpart, Chief Edu. A preliminary meeting was held in Lagos last August at which a constitution was drawn up ready for the formal inauguration.
At the State House, the delegates were entertained by the President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Siaka Stevens. Dr. Stevens has himself often stressed the advantages of trade between countries, as well as international co-operation over transport and general matters.
As the delegates toasted the success of the new international venture, they recalled that their forefathers roamed throughout West Africa looking for trade. They hoped to boost present-day trading and also eventually exchange managers and co-operate on training and facilities.