Top officials from 16 African nations are attending a seminar on the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation's activities, and aid to developing states.
Top officials from 16 African nations are attending a seminar on the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation's activities, and aid to developing states. It opened in Addis Ababa on Monday, (Jan. 29) and continues until February 9th.
It's the third seminar of its type financed by a special grant from Switzerland.
The conference heard about some of the difficulties facing the developing nations. Mr. R.K.A. Gardiner, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said they included geographical and ecological factors. The geographical problems included small-sized nations and sparse populations. Among the ecological factors were short faring seasons, seasonal labour migration, predominance of subsistence agriculture and manpower weaknesses, such as poor skill and insufficient education.
SYNOPSIS: Addis Ababa is host country to the third in a series of seminars on United Nations' aid to developing countries. The Ethiopian Minister of Commerce opened the session, which has attracted observers from six countries as well as delegates from 16 African states.
They heard the Minister report that the previous seminar, in Chile, had decided to give special consideration to the least fortunate nations.
The Swiss Ambassador, Mr. Heinz Langenbacher, was another speaker. His government has financed all the seminars. The current one began last Monday and continues until February 9. The Ambassador stressed the importance of a common effort in economic development.
The delegates are considering some of the weaknesses of the least-developed countries, ranging from their small size to ecological factors.