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    The President of the Ivory Coat, Felix Houphouet-Boigny, said on Wednesday (30 June) the only competition between foreign powers in Africa should be in the economic, social and cultural fields.

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    The President of the Ivory Coat, Felix Houphouet-Boigny, said on Wednesday (30 June) the only competition between foreign powers in Africa should be in the economic, social and cultural fields.

    President Houphouet-Boigny was opening the 61st session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which is being held in Africa for the first time.

    SYNOPSIS: ECOSOC was created by the United Nations as a body devoted to the search for economic and social progress with justice for all. It now has 54 Council members, and the current President is the Ivory Coast's representative, M. Simeon Ake. The meeting was opened by President Houphouet-Boigny, who told the delegates that world records for production of various commodities would have no meaning unless they could be translated into a better life for the individual. Among those who heard the President's message were representatives of Brazil, Bulgaria, and Canada.

    President Houphouet-Boigny urged the big powers to leave Africa out of their ideological competition. United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim was president at the meeting. He told the delegates that this first African meeting of ECOSOC, just a few weeks after the first African meeting of UNCTAD in Nairobi, is proof of the importance the world now attaches to the continent.

    After listing some of the elements for anew economic order, the President called for special efforts in favour of the poorer countries, particularly the land-locked states of Africa.

    The ECOSOC session will continue in the Ivory Coast until Friday (9 July).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7SMX8WQ4K81FD969QL6OOPOK6
    Media URN:
    VLVA7SMX8WQ4K81FD969QL6OOPOK6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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