Mr. Robert McNamara, President of the World Bank, arrived in the capital of Niger --?
Mr. Robert McNamara, President of the World Bank, arrived in the capital of Niger -- Niamey -- on Sunday (5th March) to discuss development problems with Niger's leaders.
He was met at Niamey Airport by M. Leopold Kaziende and other officials. Mr. McNamara was well acquainted with Niger's main problems -- water and communications -- and in the same afternoon he visited rice-fields in Saga and a pumping-station in Kirkissoys, both near the capital.
He had talks with President Diori Hamani of the Republic of Niger the same evening and the following (Monday) morning.
Niamey is the third stop on Mr. McNamara's African tour. He has previously been to Brazzaville and Bangui.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. McNamara -- President of the World Bank -- was greeted last Sunday by Mr. Leopold Kaziende, Minister of Economic Affairs, on his arrival at Niamey, capital of Niger. Substantial loans have already been made to Niger, and he had come to discuss how the World Bank could further help development.
Lack of water for irrigation is one of the major problems hindering Niger's development. In the afternoon Mr. McNamara visited a pumping station near the capital where he was able to study some of the progress made so far.
The ambassador from Taiwan was also present, and Mr. McNamara took the opportunity to speak with him.
Later Mr. McNamara had dinner with President Diori Hamani before leaving Niger for Ouagadougou in Upper Volta next morning. Niger is the third stop on Mr. McNamara's African tour.