• Short Summary

    The Central African Republic's first ultra-modern comprehensive village development, called Jean-Bedel Bokassa after the country's President, has gone on show to the general public.

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    The Central African Republic's first ultra-modern comprehensive village development, called Jean-Bedel Bokassa after the country's President, has gone on show to the general public.

    Ivory Coast President Felix Houphouet-Boigny laid the foundation stone for the pilot village a year and a half ago when the Central African Republic's Life President Jean-Bedel Bokassa invited him to celebrate his country's anniversary.

    The village has an education block with schools for all age groups and a health centre which includes a hospital block, surgery and maternity wing.

    The pilot village is also a market town. The country's agricultural centre is nearby and the two schemes have been run hand in hand. An agricultural products processing factory in the town is nearing completion.

    The Jean-Bedel Bokassa village is the prototype for the whole country. The idea is to move country people to new homes on better farming land - and the new villages will all have town halls, schools, food co-operatives and health centres.

    For the last five years the Central African Republic's government has tried to get country people used to decent housing, clothing and modern social habits while letting them keep their traditional rural jobs.

    The government has only been able to carry out these schemes in a few areas because of lack of money but they hope where they have, people will keep permanently to the modern way of life.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4T0H0R1X19YE9TXJ88VTTZXZ6
    Media URN:
    VLVA4T0H0R1X19YE9TXJ88VTTZXZ6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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