• Short Summary

    The Eighth "Partners for Progress" Import Fair opened in West Berlin toady (Tuesday) with 532 companies from 50 countries taking part.

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    The Eighth "Partners for Progress" Import Fair opened in West Berlin toady (Tuesday) with 532 companies from 50 countries taking part.

    The fair was opened by West Berlin's governing Mayor Klaus Schuetz. This year Japan took part for the first time, and during his tour of the fair, Herr Schuetz stopped at the Japanese stand for a celebratory drink of saki.

    During the opening ceremony, West Germany's State Secretary to the Economics Ministry, Dr. Rohwedder, added a serious note to the occasion by warning that developing countries and the man in the street would be the main sufferers in any trade war between the U.S., the European Common Market and Japan.

    Appealing for greater liberalisation of trade, Dr. Rohwedder referred to African nations with special associations with the Common Market, and pointed out that criticism of this from other nations showed that extra efforts must be made to present free trade being sacrificed on the altar of regional groupings and special agreements.

    Dr. Rohwedder estimated that a drop in customs duty alone would bring West Germany's trade volume with developing countries to the 1,000 million dollar (400 million sterling) mark.

    Because of the success of previous West berlin import fairs, many countries have intensified their participation. This year important organisational changes were made to streamline the fair, cutting down the duration from ten to seven days, and making the first three days exclusively available for visiting buyers.

    Tomorrow (Wednesday) West German President Gustave Heinemann will pay an official visit to the fair.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8H9DVXOFC79IO3FKS15YFWFMQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA8H9DVXOFC79IO3FKS15YFWFMQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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