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    Ghana this week played host to Lieutenant-Colonel Mathieu Kerekou, the President of Dahomey, during a two-day official visit.

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    Ghana this week played host to Lieutenant-Colonel Mathieu Kerekou, the President of Dahomey, during a two-day official visit.

    Ghana's head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, accompanied the Dahomey President to Ghana's giant Volta hydro-electric dam at Akasombo. The generators supply electrical power to Dahomey and neighbouring Togo, as well as the internal needs of Ghana. Colonel Kerekou said that the hydro-electric project at Akosombo could form the basis for Dahomey's economic development.

    During the visit, Colonel Acheampong said African economic groups based on language and past colonial affiliations, could not achieve the desired objectives of lifting the continent from economic stagnation. "That is why Ghana wholeheartedly agrees with Dahomey that any meaningful and profitable economic co-operation in the West African sub-region should embrace all the countries in the area," he said.

    SYNOPSIS: Arriving at Accra's International Airport on Thursday for a two-day official visit was Dahomey's Head of State, Lieutenant-Colonel Mathieu Kerekou. Waiting to meet his visitor was Ghana's Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, the Chairman of the National Redemption Council and members of the government.

    Colonel Kerekou was visiting Ghana for talks with the Government, to see various projects and to sign a communique for common co-operation in trade.

    During the visit, Colonel Acheampong said African economic groups based on language or past colonial affiliations could not achieve the desired objective of lifting the continent from economic stagnation. "That is why Ghana whole-heatedly agrees with Dahomey that any meaningful and profitable economic co-operation in the West African sub-region should embrace all the countries in the area" he said.

    At the airport the visitor was cheered by a large group of Dahomey nationals resident in Ghana.

    Colonel Kerekou visited the giant Volta hydro-electric dam at Akosombo, which supplies electrical power to Dahomey, neighbouring Togo and all of Ghana's requirements. Colonel Kerekou said that the Volta project could from the basis of his country's economic development, and that the supply of power from the project to Dahomey "is the beginning of co-operation which in time will benefit other African countries."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6Z00O0Q7RZSFADEJN6OBJ003H
    Media URN:
    VLVA6Z00O0Q7RZSFADEJN6OBJ003H
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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