The Ivory Coast is host to nearly one hundred delegates of the first Pan African seminar on rural development.
The Ivory Coast is host to nearly one hundred delegates of the first Pan African seminar on rural development. The Ivory Coast's Minister of State for Public Reform, Ekra Mathieu opened the seminar on Tuesday (10 July) in the presence of representatives from ten African governments.
SYNOPSIS: The seminar is about clearing out the slums and shanty towns which still exist around many African cities. People live in ???kle huts built from mud and ??? offer only limited shelter during the rainy seasons.
But the Ivory Coast has one of Africa's relatively successful economies, and at least these villagers are beginning to feel the benefits of brick housing.
The Ivory Coast's economy is largely rural based, over ninety percent of the country's agriculturally led economic miracle is slowing down. An official in the Ministry of Finance and Economy predicts a growth rate for 1979 of only two percent and said the trend will continue into the 1980's.
This too is what the lecturers are trying to explain to the seminar -- ironically the major inputs of western capital and expertise plus cheap unskilled labour which have made the country's economy so successful have now played a major part in its difficulties. The Ivory Coast has borrowed heavily and now faces the difficulty of having to curtail its rural development to pay off those debts.