A multi-nation conference on the proposed trans-Africa highway opened in Addis Ababa yesterday (June 14).?
GV INTERIOR conference assembly
SV Chairman's table with CU chairman speaking ( 2 shots)
SV One of the Nigerian delegation speaking
SV Congo-Kinshasa delegates listening
SV Cameroun delegate listening
SV PAN along delegates
SV West German and Belgian delegates PAN TO others
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Background: A multi-nation conference on the proposed trans-Africa highway opened in Addis Ababa yesterday (June 14). The 4,349-mile (7,000 kilometre) highway, considered to be one of Africa's must important expansion projects of the decade, will run from Mon??? on the East Coast to Lagos on the West. Among delegations at the conference, which met to elect committees to organise the mammoth task, were representatives of the six countries through ??? the highway will pass. The highway, once completed, is expected to open up a vast new market for agriculture and trade in the African hinterland.
SYNOPSIS: In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday, delegations from six African countries met to plan Africa's most important project of the decade -- a giant 4 1/2-thousand-mile (7,000 kilometre) highway spanning the Continent from the East Coast to the West. Congo-Kinshasa -- whose delegate is seen speaking here -- was elected Chairman of the project.
Vice-chairmen were Nigeria -- seen here -- and the Central African Republic. The highway, running from Mombasa in Kenya to Lagos in Nigeria, will pass through four other countries -- Uganda, Congo-Kinshasa, the Central African Republic, and Cameroun. It is expected to open up a vast new market for trade and agriculture in the African hinterland. Among international delegates at the opening meeting were Robert Gardiner, Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, and delegates from various other United Nations organisations. The meeting also discussed ways of promoting tourism once the highway is completed in several year's time.