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    The Ivory Coast Economic Planning Minister Mohamed Diawara on Wednesday (14 October) opened a new textile factory at Yopougon, near the capital Abidjan, for the production of printed cloth by the wax-process method.

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    The Ivory Coast Economic Planning Minister Mohamed Diawara on Wednesday (14 October) opened a new textile factory at Yopougon, near the capital Abidjan, for the production of printed cloth by the wax-process method.

    The African state is to have a considerable stake in the new project which has French and Dutch interests behind it.

    The new factory covers several acres of ground, employs three hundred local people, and is expected to employ as many as five hundred in the near future.

    To build it over the past few years an international work-force of engineers and technicians has been working at the site, using techniques and materials from Holland, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

    The project to produce wax-printed cottons began in 1965, when the French and Dutch companies involved saw the possibilities of the developing textile market in Ivory Coast and throughout Africa.

    Small beginnings have led to the building of the large "Uniwax" factory, with the blessing of President Houphouet-Boigny, and the backing of local and foreign finance.

    The process used is a traditional one in Holland which can only be mechanised up to a point. It leaves great scope for the developing of local skills in the art, and the employment of local people. The market seems limitless, since the Africans are particularly fond of colourful cottons.

    M. Diwara the Minister of Economic Planning gave a warm welcome to the new "Uniwax" factory after officially opening the plant on Wednesday.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA51RI5G9ZDNHYY321APO74FG9T
    Media URN:
    VLVA51RI5G9ZDNHYY321APO74FG9T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:34:00
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