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    The French Minister of Co-operation, M. Robert Galley, has been visited the Congo. He went?

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    The French Minister of Co-operation, M. Robert Galley, has been visited the Congo. He went there at the invitation of President Joachim Yhombi - Opango, and during this four-day stay he had talks with the Congolese authorities on bi-lateral co-operation between the two countries. France has recently made a special effort to increase its aid to the Congo, and one of the projects it has helped finance is a new extension to the docks in the capital of Brazzaville. On Monday (12 December) M. Galley went on a tour of the docks with M. Obenga, the Congolese Foreign Affairs.

    SYNOPSIS: Brazzaville, with a population of nearly 300,000 stands on the River Congo. It is a busy river port and M. Galley was able to see first hand the improvements made.

    In recent years Congolese exports have expanded considerably, and the pattern of trade of has been changing. Potash and petroleum have become more important, with timber also a main source of the growth.

    The major cash crops in the country are sugar palm oil, cocoa and tobacco, but the most important economic activities is forestry.

    France is by far the largest supplier of imports to the Congo. According to the latest trade figures available, more than 50 per cent of Congolese imports come from France.

    France is also involved in agricultural research, in particular the production of tobacco, as well as trans-Congolese communications and urbanisation.

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