The Presidents of four central African countries came together in Brazzaville, Congo recently for the start of a two-day meeting of the Central African Customs and Economic Union.
GV Aircraft taxiing
MV Congolese President Marien Ngouabi walks across tarmac.
GV President Omar Bongo of Gabon down aircraft steps and greeted by president Ngouabi.
GV Band playing as presidents walk through waving and dancing crowd. (5 shots)
GV Conference building
GV President Bongo speaking to conference with delegates listening. (4 shots)
GV AND CU Sign "Banque Development des Etats d'Afrique Centrale"
GV Motorcade arriving at site of new building.
GV Crowds wave as presidents arrive at site. (3 shots)
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Background: The Presidents of four central African countries came together in Brazzaville, Congo recently for the start of a two-day meeting of the Central African Customs and Economic Union.
SYNOPSIS: The plane carrying President Omar Bongo of Gabon arrived at Brazzaville airport on Sunday (5 September). Congolese President Marien Ngouabi was on hand to greet his guest, who was the last of the three visiting Presidents to arrive. presidents Ahmadou Ahidjo of the Cameroon and Jean-Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Republic had flown in on Saturday (4 September).
The Heads of State came together principally to discuss co-operation between their countries and the eventual return of Chad into the Customs and Economic Union. They studied a report by the 23rd ministerial session of the Union, which took place at Pointe Noire, Congo in July. This contained about 50 items relating to economic and commercial co-operation between the member states.
The presidents and their delegations meet at least once a year to discuss Union policy. On this occasion President Bongo gave an extended address to the meeting -- as did President Ngouabi. The latter praised the political maturity of the union's leaders and gave details of the progress made towards the establishment of a new Central African Development Bank, which will have its headquarters in Brazzaville. President Ngouabi said the creation of the bank would be proof of good faith in the future of the union and would accelerate economic development in the member states.
Later the four presidents visited the site of the headquarters being built for the new bank. The Congolese President said that 50 per cent of its capital will be allocated to regional development, with the rest designated for national programmes. Speaking about his feelings of optimism for the success of the operation, President Ngouabi said that nevertheless problems would have to be resolved connected with the distribution of responsible jobs, and with the situation of Kuwait, which is participating in the initial capital investment in the bank.