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.
GV Flags of various countries (2 shots)
SV Dutch ambassador arriving and greeted (2 shots)
SV Ivory Coast Minister of economic planning Mohamed Diawara arrives.
SV Factory workers look on.
GV Diawara on platform and people seated (2 shots)
LV and CU Diawara speaks (IN FRENCH) (2 shots)
LV people clapping.
SV Diawara cuts ribbon
LV PAN Diawara and others tour factory.
SV Workman transfers pattern to printing machine.
SV Material being printed.
GV Factory and machinery and material being processed. (3 shots)
GV Part tours factory.
CU Printed Material and machinery working.
SV Man stamping cloth.
GV Cloth on machines 92
SV Ministers and other watching cloth on machine.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 6: M. DIAWARA: "If the Government has authorised the new "Uniwax" plant while three textile-printing works already exist in the Ivory Coast, it was because the productions of this factory are specialised, and directed at a particular market. This is that of the high-class wax-print. The Ivory Coast product will be just as good as those from Holland. The backing of the parent-firm for the productions is only given when there is strict control over the quality of the product."
Initials CM/JH/CO/0.37 CM/JH/CO/1.02
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: 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.