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    A Swiss watch centre was inaugurated in a ceremony in Abidjan last week (7 March).?

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    A Swiss watch centre was inaugurated in a ceremony in Abidjan last week (7 March). A number of dignitaries were on hand for the occasion, including Ivorian Minister of State, M. Augusts Denise, the Minister of Technical Education and a number of Swiss professional representatives.

    The centre is a school in which Ivorian students will be taught the skilled craft work of Swiss watch-making. The Swiss watch industry already have 17 other such centres in five continents and the Ivory Coast was chosen for the latest because of the country's potential for the establishment of a watch-making industry.

    The school was created as the result of an agreement between the Ivory Coast Government and the Swiss watch industry, who provided much of the finance for the institution.

    The centre opened its doors in 1969 with its first students taking part in classes. And during that time, the building officially opened last week was being constructed.

    Following last week's ceremony and ribbon-cutting, Ivorian ministers and Swiss officials toured the centre where a number of projects were already under way.

    SYNOPSIS: A large crowd was on hand in the Abidjan suburb of Koumassi last week for the opening of a new Swiss watch centre. Monsieur August??? Denise, the Ivorian Minister of State, was among those taking part in the official opening ceremony.

    Officials from the Swiss watch industry presented m. Demise with an elaborate Swiss clock during the day's ceremonial activities.

    Then, to declare the new building open, M. Denise cut the ribbon.

    The school is one of 17 such Swiss watch centres established in five continents. The Ivory Coast was chosen as a site because it was felt the country had potential for the establishment of a sound watch-making industry. The school is the result of a 1968 agreement between the Ivory Coast and the Swiss watch industry, which provided much of the finance. The school began in 1969, and work on the present building started soon after. There have been more than 60 students at the centre since it opened Half have been Ivorians with the others from elsewhere in Africa.

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