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    The 23rd International Trade Fair in the town of Plovdiv (Bulgaria) was opened with a ceremony on September 24.

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    Background: The 23rd International Trade Fair in the town of Plovdiv (Bulgaria) was opened with a ceremony on September 24. Hundreds of Bulgarian and foreign visitors gathered in the morning in front of the Light Industries Pavilion. Party and state leaders headed by Todor Zhivkov, First Secretary of the C.C. of the B.C.P. and Premier, and Georgi Traikov, Chairman of the National Assembly Presidium, heads and members of the staffs of diplomatic missions accredited to Sofia, foreign delegations, and foreign and Bulgarian newsmen were also on hand for the opening of the Fair.

    The ceremony was opened with a speech by Avakoum Branichev, President of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce.

    Ivan Boudinov, Minister of Foreign Trade, spoke on the role of the Fair. Then the official personalities and the guests saw the exhibition pavilions.

    The Bulgarian pavilions cover an area of 34,250 square metres of exhibition space. Over 50 state corporations and other economic units display their products, which show in a convincing manner the unceasing upsurge of the Bulgarian national economy along the way of technological progress and quality improvement.

    Exhibitors from 42 countries show their commodities. The countries of the socialist community are the biggest exhibitors.

    The Soviet pavilion is rich and impressive. The German Democratic Republic has trebled her exhibition stand in comparison with last year. Many countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, and ???

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