• Short Summary

    AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CENTURY IT WAS VIRTUALLY UNPEOPLED.LESS THAN 30 YEARS AGO IT?

  • Description

    AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CENTURY IT WAS VIRTUALLY UNPEOPLED.LESS THAN 30 YEARS AGO IT HAD ONLY 10,000 RESIDENTS.TODAY, ABIDJAN, THROBBING HEART OF THE IVORY COAST, HAS A POPULATION SOARING PAST THE 300,000 MARK.WEST AFRICANS KNOW IT AS THE "MUSHROOM CITY".

    ITS EXTRAORDINARY EXPANSION -- ABIDJAN'S POPULATION IS EXPECTED TO BE 400,000 BY 1970 -- REFLECTS THE GREAT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF FRENCH-SPEAKING IVORY COAST IN RECENT YEARS.

    VISITORS WILL GASP AT THE MODERN GLASS-HOUSE SKYSCRAPERS, THE BROAD AND SHADY BOULEVARDS, THE LAVISH ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS, THE LUXURIOUS HOUSES, THE SUPERBLY-APPOINTED SHOPS, THE MARKETS, AND THE PARIS-LIKE MOTOR TRAFFIC.

    ABIDJAN SPRAWLS AROUND A GIANT BAY, LITTERED WITH PALM-FRINGED INLETS.ITS PORTS, A VITAL FACTOR IN THE IVORY COAST'S DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY, IS ONE OF THE MOST UP-TO-DATE IN WEST AFRICA.

    BUT IVORY COAST TRADITION HAS NOT BEEN COMPLETELY SWAMPED BY THE MODERN TOUCH BROUGHT BY HER FORMER FRENCH MASTERS.IN THE SHADOWS OF MODERN BUILDINGS IN THE CENTRE OF ABIDJAN, IS THE BUSTLING NATIVE MARKET.IT'S HERE IVORY COASTERS COME TO SELL THEIR CORPS AND GOODS.

    THE IVORY COAST IS LINKED BY AIR WITH EUROPE.GIANT JETS TOUCH DOWN AT ABIDJAN BRINGING BUSINESSMEN AND TOURISTS.

    MODERN HOTELS SATISFY EVEN THE HARDEST-TO-PLEASE.

    IT BECAME A REPUBLIC IN AUGUST, 1960.IN THE SAME YEAR, FELIX HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY, A STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF THE WEST, WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT FOR A FIVE-YEAR TERM.IT WAS HE WHO STARTED THE MOVE TOWARDS INDEPENDENCE, FORMING IN 1946 THE RULING PARTY, RASSEMBLEMENT DEMOCRATIQUE AFRICAN (DEMOCRATIC AFRICAN CONGRESS).

    HIS POLITICAL STABILITY HAS INSPIRE THE CONFIDENCE OF FRENCH INVESTORS AND TODAY THE REPUBLIC IS ONE OF THE RICHEST COUNTRIES IN AFRICA, AS MODERN ABIDJAN SUGGESTS.

    THE NATIONAL INCOME PER HEAD OF THE 3,200,000 POPULATION IS ABOUT 250 -- MORE THAN IT IS IN EGYPT OR MOROCCO.IT IS BASED ON TROPICAL CROPS -- COFFEE, COCOA, BANANANS, AND, TO A LESSER EXTENT, COTTON, TOBACCO AND RUBBER.

    PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY IS DETERMINED TO KEEP THE EXPANSION RATE UP.HE WANTS HIS PEOPLE TO DO ALL THEY CAN TO HELP THEMSELVES ACHIEVE GREATER PROSPERITY.BUT FOREIGN AID AND INVESTMENT WILL BE NEEDED FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5KQ5YSCOU1BS2GYKYM4B4QSIG
    Media URN:
    VLVA5KQ5YSCOU1BS2GYKYM4B4QSIG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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