A major conference on economic co-operation among developing countries has begun in Mexico City, It's being held at a newly inaugurated centre for economic and social studies of the Third World.
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SV Centre sign PAN TO delegates arriving
SV UN Secretary General Waldheim unveils plaque ZOOM IN TO President Echeverria of Mexico standing next to Waldheim
SV Echeverria and third world leaders
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CU President Bongo of Gabon, Jamaican leader Michael Manley, and Kurt Waldheim (3 shots)
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Conference delegates have begun closed-door sessions on detailed self-help trade and technology projects. The main trade proposal under examination was the establishment of new marketing corporations to be jointly owned by the governments of developing nations. These would compete for business with companies already established in the industrialised world. Other topics included ways to promote more long-term deals between third world nations and joint bulk purchase of imports to reduce costs.
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Background: A major conference on economic co-operation among developing countries has begun in Mexico City, It's being held at a newly inaugurated centre for economic and social studies of the Third World.
SYNOPSIS: The centre was built at the instigation of President Luis Echeverria of Mexico. The United Nations had also been involved. Firstly with the preparatory studies that preceded the establishment of the centre. More recently with an agreement between the centre and the United Nations Development Programme. This agreement will allow collaboration between the two bodies on the operation of the centre. Delegates from nearly 80 countries, who are in Mexico City for the conference on economic co-operation, were at the centre on Tuesday (14 September) for its formal inauguration.
The UN Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, unveiled a plaque to inaugurate the new centre. He was watched by the Mexican leader, Mr. Echeverria. Also present at the ceremony were third world leaders including Sir Michael Manley, the Jamaican Prime Minister.
Large numbers of security police were stationed at the centre for the ceremony and for the various sessions of economic conference.
President Omar Bongo of Gabon, Sir Michael Manley of Jamaica and Mr. Waldheim were among many third world representatives who heard President Echeverria speak at the conference later. Mr. Echeverria said the time had come for third world nations to synchronise their efforts and build a coherent organisation to face the rich nations and economic injustice. The conference aims to produce practical, schemes to improve the third world's economic status without aid from richer countries.