Czechoslovakia's 12th International Technical Trade Fair in Brono was opened on Saturday (5 September) by Mr.
Czechoslovakia's 12th International Technical Trade Fair in Brono was opened on Saturday (5 September) by Mr. Frantisek Hamouz, Czechoslovakia's permanent delegate to Comecon -- Eastern Europe's Common Market.
More than 1,600 manufacturers from 26 countries have exhibits and equipment on display at the huge fair. Among the prominent stands were those of Japan, Britain, West Germany and the United States.
But the U.S.S.R. alone accounts for one third of Czechoslovakia's total foreign trade and not surprisingly official attention was largely focused on the pavilions belonging to Eastern Bloc countries, especially the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia.
Dr. Gustav Husak, the Czechoslovakian Communist Party leader, toured the group before the gates were opened to the public. He was accompanied by Premier Lubomir Strougal, Mr. Hamouz and top Comecon officials.
He lingered at the Soviet stand where he signed visitor's book and said a few appropriate words.