INTRODUCTION: After fairly prosperous first year -- domestic output rose by more than seven per cent -- Zimbabwe is more economically secure than when independence began.
GV PAN Guests at opening ceremony
SV President Banana arrives
LV U.K.'s Ivor Richard inspects guard of honour
GV Flags of exhibiting countries at entrance
SV People at Canadian stand
SV PAN Japanese stand
SV Ivor Richard touring exhibition
GV PAN exhibits at U.K. stand
GV PAN West German stand
SV French stand
GV Danish stand
GV Deserted South African stand
GV Malawi, Zambia and Nigerian stands (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: After fairly prosperous first year -- domestic output rose by more than seven per cent -- Zimbabwe is more economically secure than when independence began. Exports are up by a third, and industrial production has increased 15 per cent. One of the symbols of the country's economic success is the Bulawayo Trade Fair. Countries from all over the world exhibited their latest products. Trade with Europe is expected to increase, as Mr. Ivor Richard, the European Economic Community's (EEC) Commissioner for Education and Social Affairs, stressed when he opened the Fair on Monday (27 April).
SYNOPSIS: Among the dignatories at the official opening was Zimbabwe's President Canaan Banana. Mr. Richard said Zimbabwe would receive almost 20 million dollars over the next three years from the Community, under the Lome Convention, for reconstruction and resettlement programmes.
After inspecting a guard of honour, Mr. Richard toured the show and saw a wide range of products from many different countries. He stressed that the Common Market aid would be additional to the forty million dollars Zimbabwe has already received from that source in the last 16 months.
Zimbabwean exporters will also be helped to sell their goods in Europe with "free and unrestricted access" to the EEC. Special quota arrangements would enable Zimbabwe to export sugar,beef and maize on privileged terms.
The stands of Bulawayo reflected international confidence in the new country. At a recent "Donors' Conference", Western nations pledged 1.4 billion dollars in aid.