In Lome, the capital of Togo, the 11th conference of the African Council of Technical Colleges specialising in electronic engineering and rural development, opened on Monday (26 June).
In Lome, the capital of Togo, the 11th conference of the African Council of Technical Colleges specialising in electronic engineering and rural development, opened on Monday (26 June). Delegates from thirteen African nations met to discuss technological advances in the fields of agriculture, energy, irrigation and hydro-electric. The conference also dealt with the role of foreign technical assistance in developing nations.
SYNOPSIS: The conference was held in the headquarters of the ruling Togolese People's Party. The Minister for Rural Development in Togo, Mr. Tosseh Gnrofoun delivered the opening address.
Delegates from the Congo, the Central African Empire, Niger, Chad Mauritania, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Benin, Mali, Gabon and Upper Volta heard Mr. Gnrofoun outline the objectives of the council. He stressed the debt that Togo owned to France, in terms of political, economic and cultural development. But he said that assistance from countries outside Africa could never replace the efforts of Africans themselves to fight for improved working and living conditions. He said that it was the council's responsibility to ensure the eradication of poverty in all African countries and to encourage scientific and technological advances. Mr. Gnrofoun said the prime objective was to build a rural economy strengthened by the application of technical science, which could prosper and compete with industrialised nations.
Among the delegates were specialists in research into solar energy and hydro-electric power and professors and students from technical colleges all over Africa.