Eleven African countries have exhibition stands at this year's Brussels Commercial Fair. They hope the?
Eleven African countries have exhibition stands at this year's Brussels Commercial Fair. They hope the stands will help sell their products and improve European knowledge of Africa.
The eleven African countries at the 47th Brussels Commercial Fair are Burundi, Cameroun, the Central African Republic, Dahomey, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Somali and Upper Volta. They all have links with the European Common Market.
The Burundi, Ivory Coast, Cameroun and Rwanda are giving visitors free cups of their local varieties of coffee. The Ivory Coast, is also offering pineapples and pawpaw fruit, and Upper Volta and Mali are giving out mangoes.
Apart from tropical fruits, vegetables and drinks, African exhibits include leopard skins, carpets, jewellery, cigars and sculptures in tropical woods.
For the first time the African countries at the Fair are showing national tourist films. The films of beaches, nature reserves, mountains, tours and safaris are running throughout the two week Fair which ends on 5 May.
The former colonies of France, Belgium and Italy made special trading agreements with the Community under the Yaounde Convention. Trade negotiations between the African countries and the common Market are continuing. Mean-while African countries are anxious that Europeans should learn more about the many products they have to offer.