• Short Summary

    President Albert Bernard Bongo of Gabon, tomorrow winds up a four-day official visit to Britain, during which he has conducted a busy round of talks and negotiations with government officials.

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    President Albert Bernard Bongo of Gabon, tomorrow winds up a four-day official visit to Britain, during which he has conducted a busy round of talks and negotiations with government officials. The President, who was accompanied by his wife and a ten-man party of ministers and officials met with members of the British Branch of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Queen Elizabeth, the Prime Minister, Mr. Heath and the Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home.

    The President told reporters he hope his visit would spark off an increase in commercial exchanges between Gabon and Britain. At present the trade balance is favourable to Gabon, which exports goods worth about 1.112 million CFA francs (1,668,000 sterling) to Britain annually. In return Britain only sells about 667 million CFA francs (1,115,000 sterling) worth of produce to Gabon.

    It was also though that President Bongo would ask Britain to help finance certain major industrialisation projects being written into his country's next development plan. One of the most important projects is for a 560 kilometre (348-mile) railway linking the rich iron mining region of Belinga with the coast.

    On Thursday, the 35-old leader toured the Rolls Royce assembly plant at Crewe in the English Midlands. Before he arrive din Britain, President Bongo had said he would like to see an assembly plant for Land Rovers in Gabon. He spent one and a half hours touring the plant and talking with company officials.

    President Bongo was due to leave for Paris on Friday afternoon.

    SYNOPSIS: President Albert Bernard Bongo of Gabon, on Friday concluded a four-day official visit to Britain. During his visit, the President conducted a busy round of talks with government officials. On Wednesday, he visited the Houses of Parliament, where he had talks with members of the British Branch of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

    Later in the day, President Bongo, called on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he held a round of talks with the Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home. Before he left Paris for London, President Bongo told reporters he hoped his visit would spark off an increase in commercial exchanges between Gabon and Britain. At present the trade balance is favourable to Gabon, which exports goods worth about 1,112 million CFA francs (1,668,000 sterling) to Britain annually. In return Britain only sells about 667 million CFA francs (1,115,000 sterling) worth of produce to Gabon.

    On Wednesday evening, the President and Madame Bongo were guests of honour at a special reception given by the Prim Minister, Mr. Heath, at Number 10 Downing Street. President Bongo was accompanied by his 10-man party of ministers and officials. The party included Gabon's Vice-President, Leon Mebiame and Foreign Minister Jean-Remy Ayoune. It was also thought that during his visit, President Bongo would ask the British Government to help finance certain major industrialisation projects being written into his country's next ??? development plan. One of the most important projects is for a 560-kilometre (348-mile) railway linking the rich iron mining region of Belinga with the coast. During his crowded round of engagements in London, the President also had lunch with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

    On Thursday, President flew to the English Midlands town of Crews for a tour of the Rolls Royce Assembly plant.

    The President and his 10-man party of ministers and officials, were driven in a cavalcade of Rolls-Royce cars to the firm's factory, where they were officially welcomed by the Vice-Lieutenant of Chester County, Lieut-Col. John Leicester-Warren.

    Then company officials took President Bongo and his party on a one and a half hour guided tour of the Rolls-Royce engine building plants, paint shops and car assembly area. Before he arrived in Britain, the President had said he hoped to see British industry invest in his country. To emerge from its under development, he said, Gabon needed private investors. The President said that in particular he would like to see an assembly plant for Land Rovers in Gabon.

    After seeing the cars in the production stages, President Bongo was then shown over the company's range of finished products.

    A spokesman for Rolls Royce said he did not know if President Bongo intended buying a car. He said there were no Rolls Royce servicing facilities in Gabon, but arrangements could "no doubt" be made. Later in the day, the President was to visit the factory of the Hawker-Siddeley aircraft group in nearby Manchester.

    On Friday afternoon, President Bongo and his party after what was described as a successful and informative visit.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8KYB6SLDPNR0B85LWYX9MQDKB
    Media URN:
    VLVA8KYB6SLDPNR0B85LWYX9MQDKB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:48:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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