A new headquarters of the 15-member-state Africa and Malagasy Posts and Telecommunication Union (UAMPT) was opened in Brazzaville on Saturday (13 November).
GV New OCAMM building
GV Dignitaries arrive
LV People look on
MV Dignitaries being greeted (2 shots)
GV Tombalbaye and Ngouabi arrive and greeted (2 shots)
MV Tombalbaye and Ngouabi: wave to crowd (4 shots)
GV Dignitaries (2 shots)
LV Bibalou Abybuka speaks
MV Tombalbaye and Ngouabi applauding
MV Tombalbaye cuts ribbon
CU Medal presented to Tombalbaye
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Background: A new headquarters of the 15-member-state Africa and Malagasy Posts and Telecommunication Union (UAMPT) was opened in Brazzaville on Saturday (13 November).
The new three-storey centre was financed by the Africa, Malagasy and Mauritanian Common Organisation (OCAMM) which for six years has mounted projects to quicken the economic development of its member-states.
Leading figures attending the opening included Chad President Francois Tombalbaye, Presidents Gregoire Kayibanda of Rwanda, Albart-Bernard Bongo of Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville's Marien Ngouabi.
SYNOPSIS: A new communications headquarters to serve 15 African states was opened at Brazzaville in the Congo People's Republic on Saturday. It will be the main meeting point for Ministers working in the Africa and Malagasy Posts and Telecommunications Union (UAMPT). The organisation was founded ten years ago to study problems of common interest and co-ordinate post and telecommunications of bodies in the member countries.
The three-storey headquarters cost about GBP263,000 sterling. The majority of this was put up by the Africa, Malagasy and Mauritanian Common Organisation -- that's OCAMM. For the past six years OCAMM has launched projects to accelerate economic development among the same 15 African states.
Chad President Francois Tombalbaye arriving to open the new Headquarters. with him, Marien Ngouabi, President of Congo-Brazzaville. Earlier President Tombalbaye told reporters that his coming to Brazzaville showed that relations between the two countries were excellent. He and President Ngouabi were both keen to extend co-operation in Central Africa, he added.
Another guest speaker at the ceremony -- Chad Post and Telecommunications Minister Bibalou Abybuka.
President Tombalbaye--who is currently President of OCAMM -- was later to officiate at another ceremony. He and President Ngouabi inaugurated direct telephone links between Brazzaville, Kigali and Libreville after holding a brief session of talks with Presidents Gregoire Kayibanda of Rwanda and Albert-Bernard Bongo of Gabon.