INTRODUCTION: A training seminar in port management is being held at Abidjan on the Ivory Coast.
GV Banner announcing seminar
SV Ivory Coast and U.N. flags
CU Portrait of President Houphouet-Boigny
SV INTERIOR Delegates seated at conference table
SV Lecturer with large photograph of San Pedro port
SV Delegates applauding
SV PULL BACK TO GV EXTERIOR Harbour office where seminar held
GV PAN Port of San Pedro
GV Delegates boarding tug
SV Delegates on board moving tug
GV Harbour with small boats
SV Officer and delegates on bridge of tug
GV Rowing boat at sea
SV Tug docks and delegates disembark
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A training seminar in port management is being held at Abidjan on the Ivory Coast. The course runs over a total of six weeks, ending on the 17th of July.
SYNOPSIS: This is the eighth seminar on port management, organised by the United Nations Conference on Commerce and Development (C.N.U.C.E.D.) Although President Felix Houphouet-Boigny was not at the official opening, his Marine and Harbour Minister and Interior Minister attended the ceremony.
This year's course is oriented towards solutions for allowing goods through ports at minimum cost, making the ports 'economic tools' that fit the development policies of their countries. Emphasis is also placed on administration, planning, and exploitation of ports, along with their financial management.
Training sessions on the programme include displays by equipment firms, on the role of the constructor. The delegates have made a study-visit to the second deep water dock at San Pedro, 450 kilometres (280 miles) west of the capital, Abidjan. Later they will travel to Lagos, Nigeria to further their knowledge of port management at one of the principal docks of Africa. There are two modern container units operating in the port of Lagos.
The delegates have been told that ports should be equipped with new technology to facilitate a quick turn around, because port charges and storage of goods represents an important part in the cost of transportation.