An international conference to discuss the use of satellite communications in developing nations started in Abidjan on tuesday (21 November).
An international conference to discuss the use of satellite communications in developing nations started in Abidjan on tuesday (21 November). The Ivory Coast has become an important conference centre, concentrating on finding solutions to economic and social issues of specific interest to developing nations.
SYNOPSIS: The conference to exchange information on the potential use of satellite communications took place at the Congress Palace in Abidjan.
It was opened by the President of the Ivory Coast Assembly, Mr. Philippe Yace. More than 250 delegates - mostly from French-speaking Africa but also from India, Indonesia and several international organisations in the field of satellite telecommunications - attended the four-day conference. They came to hear the results of the latest experiments in the United States, Canada, Spain and other industrial nations and to make decision as to how their countries should set up their own system in the future.
An improvement in communications is vitally important to countries trying to bring about social change. This point was emphasised in a report that India presented to the conference. The speaker maintained that television broadcasting by satellite was "one of the most powerful tools for bringing about revolutionary achievements in the social development of a country". The Indian authorities have successfully beamed educational, developmental and cultural programs to many villages, even in remote parts of the country.
Models of the latest communications satellites were displayed at the conference. Two earth stations have been recently installed in the Ivory Coast to exchange educational television programmes with other African countries.