A Canadian mission touring West African countries spent the first four days (February 4 - 8) in the Ivory Coast.
CU Sign "Bingerville"
SV Paul Gerin-Lajoie (floral shirt) with Ambassador George Charpentier lead delegation through cocoa plantation
SV,LV,CU Ambassador takes cocoa bean, gives it to Gerin-Lajoie (4 shots)
SV Gerin-Lajoie and others looking at cocoa bean (2 shots)
SCU Ambassador opens bean, Gerin-Lajoie tastes
LV & CU other delegates try bean
SV Delegates walk on through plantation
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Background: A Canadian mission touring West African countries spent the first four days (February 4 - 8) in the Ivory Coast. The party, led by the President of the Canadian Agency for International Development, Mr. Paul Gerin-Lajoie, met Ivory Coast officials to discuss future Canadian aid. On Sunday (Feb 6) the delegates visited a cocoa plantation at Bingerville 9 miles (20 km) east of the capital Abidjan.
SYNOPSIS: Nine miles from Abidjan, capital of the Ivory Coast, a Canadian fact-finding mission on Sunday visited a Bingerville cocoa plantation. The leader of the Canadian party, Mr. Paul Gerin-Lajoie, wearing a flowered shirt, was invited to examine a cocoa bean by the Canadian Ambassador, Mr. Georges Charpentier.
Mr. Gerin-Lajoie is President of the Canadian Agency for International Development, and his party is in West Africa to study how Canada can best help the region.
In addition to first-hand tours of Ivory Coast industry the Canadian team had a full programme of receptions and study sessions.
Visits to Senegal, Dahomey, Niger and Mali are also on the itinerary.