• Short Summary

    A 1000 MILLION CFA FRANCS (GBP1,700,000 STERLING) WEST GERMAN FINANCED CEMENT FACTORY HAS BEEN OPENED 250 KILOMETRES (155 MILES) EAST OF BRAZZAVILLE - THE COUNTRY'S FIRST.

  • Description

    A 1000 MILLION CFA FRANCS (GBP1,700,000 STERLING) WEST GERMAN FINANCED CEMENT FACTORY HAS BEEN OPENED 250 KILOMETRES (155 MILES) EAST OF BRAZZAVILLE - THE COUNTRY'S FIRST. THE PRESIDENT OF CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, M. ALPHONSE MASSAMBA-DEBAT, PRESIDED OVER THE OPENING CEREMONY ON TUESDAY (26 MARCH).

    THE PRESIDENT ARRIVES AT THE COUNTRY TOWN OF LOUTETE BY HELICOPTER. HE WAS SEEN OFF FROM THE MAYA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BY THE MAYOR OF BRAZZAVILLE. WITH HIM TRAVELLED THE FIRST SECRETARY OF THE PARTY, M. NOUMAZALAY, AND MINISTERS DAVID GANAO AND AIME MATSIKA. ALSO TRAVELLING FOR THE CEREMONY WERE SEVERAL OTHER MEMBERS OF THE UNION OF CENTRAL AFRICAN STATES.

    THE FACTORY HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION SINCE A STONE-LAYING CEREMONY IN MARCH 1965. IT IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE ABOUT 80,000 TONS OF CEMENT A YEAR, WHICH WILL MEET NOT ONLY THE REQUIREMENTS CONGO BRAZZAVILLE BUT ALSO THOSE OF SEVERAL OTHER CENTRAL AFRICAN STATES.

    FIVE HUNDRED CONGOLESE AND 45 WEST GERMANS ARE EMPLOYED BY THE FACTORY. THANKING WEST GERMANY FOR THEIR HELP, THE PRESIDENT NEVERTHELESS HAD SOME HARD-HITTING COMMENTS ON CERTAIN FOREIGN FIRMS WHO HE SAID DISPLAYED A 'GRABBING SPIRIT' TOWARDS HIS COUNTRY. HE EXPRESSED A HOPE FOR CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE DEVELOPED AND UNDER-DEVELOPED COUNTRIES 'SO AS TO CREATE CONDITIONS MAKING OUR COUNTRIES LESS INCLINED TO BEGGARY AND THE TAKING OF ALMS.'

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7S3XTCR0H9U4USY3OZ7MY0IDY
    Media URN:
    VLVA7S3XTCR0H9U4USY3OZ7MY0IDY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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