• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT MOBUTU SESE SEKO OF ZAIRE OFFICIALLY OPENED A NEW TEXTILE FACTORY IN THE NORTHEASTERN PROVINCE OF THE COUNTRY ON THURSDAY (28 NOVEMBER).

  • Description

    PRESIDENT MOBUTU SESE SEKO OF ZAIRE OFFICIALLY OPENED A NEW TEXTILE FACTORY IN THE NORTHEASTERN PROVINCE OF THE COUNTRY ON THURSDAY (28 NOVEMBER). THE FACTORY IS I KISANGANI, IN HAUTE ZAIRE, THE FOURTH LARGEST TOWN IN ZAIRE AND APPROXIMATELY 750 MILES (1,200 KMS) FROM THE CAPITAL, KINSHASA.

    THE TEXTILE PLANT IS OPERATED BY SOTEXKI--THE KISANGANI TEXTILE SOCIETY--AND WILL PROCESS UP TO 60 PER CENT OF THE COTTON PRODUCED IN THE REGION. THE FACTORY WILL EMPLOY UP TO 2,500 WORKERS WHEN PRODUCTION REACHES ITS PEAK. IT IS EXPECTED TO TURN OUT APPROXIMATELY 16 MILLION METRES (17.5 MILLION YARDS) OF MATERIAL PER YEAR.

    PRESIDENT MOBUTU WAS ACCOMPANIED AT THE OPENING CEREMONY BY HIS WIFE. ALSO ATTENDING WERE SEVERAL IMPORTANT OFFICIALS AND VISITORS -- INCLUDING THE NEWLY-RESTORED WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, MOHAMMED ALI. THE CHAMPION WAS PAYING A RETURN VISIT TO ZAIRE, WHERE HE REGAINED HIS TITLE BY DEFEATING GEORGE FOREMAN IN KINSHASA IN OCTOBER.

    IN A SPEECH OURING THE OPENING CEREMONY, FACTORY ADMINISTRATOR MR. BEAUJOLIN REPORTED THAT ABOUT 50 FOREIGN TECHNICIANS HAD BEEN EMPLOYED IN CONSTRUCTION OF THE FACTORY. HE EMPHASISED THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO BUILD UP AS CORPS OF ZAIRIAN WORKERS TO MAINTAIN THE PLANT. THE PRESIDENT OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL OF THE FACTORY, MR. MATALI, SPOKE IN PRAISE OF PRESIDENT MOBUTU'S KEEN INTEREST IN DEVELOPING THE ECONOMY OF THE HAUTE ZAIRE REGION, WHICH AT PRESENT IS THE THIRD MOST IMPORTANT ECONOMIC REGION IN THE COUNTRY.

    THE PRESIDENT AND HIS PARTY THEN MADE A TOUR OF INSPECTION OF THE NEW FACTORY, WHICH HAS COST ABOUT 4 MILLION US DOLLARS (1.7 MILLION POUNDS STERLING) TO CONSTRUCT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7LO4NKLN3XVP3SCCKZGB6GCES
    Media URN:
    VLVA7LO4NKLN3XVP3SCCKZGB6GCES
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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