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    African states are strongly represented at the Overseas Import Fair for developing nations which opened in West Berlin on Thursday (26 August).

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    African states are strongly represented at the Overseas Import Fair for developing nations which opened in West Berlin on Thursday (26 August).

    SYNOPSIS: The organisers -- the West German Government and the Senate of West Berlin -- claim no other trade fair attracts so many exhibitors. This is the 14th time the fair has taken place. The aim is to encourage developing nations like Egypt to widen their export potential and show their products in the European market place.

    Rwanda is also represented. It's economic problems are fairly typical of those smaller landlocked Africans states. And it says it's trying to break out of an economy dominated by agriculture.

    Like Rwanda, Senegal has trading links with the European Common Market. It had one of the most advanced economies of former French West Africa. Although agriculture remains the foundation of the economy, it has the most developed industrial sector in the region.

    For a brief period after independence, Mali formed a federation with neighbouring Senegal which was later terminated. The break up had economic repercussions for both states. Today Mali has a serious trade deficit and export-led growth is a major priority for the government.

    Traditional farming and stock-rearing generate two thirds of Niger's gross domestic product. However, the government is trying to diversify. Niger holds the controlling interest in the country's uranium mine, earning the nation vital foreign currency.

    Cocoa forms by far the largest export from Ghana with the United Kingdom the country's major customer for most products. It's other main exports are timber, bauxite, manganese ore, diamonds and gold.

    Chad is one of the poorest and least developed countries of the African continent. Its geographical isolation and slender resources have resulted in an economy of very narrow range. Like the Sudan it suffers economically from extremely difficult climatic conditions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA514C3MRJX79G5YG2O02DRDURH
    Media URN:
    VLVA514C3MRJX79G5YG2O02DRDURH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
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    N/A

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