Ministers from 11 African Commonwealth countries have been in Kenya for the African Commonwealth Trade Ministers Conference.
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Background: Ministers from 11 African Commonwealth countries have been in Kenya for the African Commonwealth Trade Ministers Conference.
They were welcomed by the President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta.
Dr. J.G.Kiano, the Kenyan Minister for Trade and Commerce was elected chairman of the conference. In his address Dr. Kiano strongly urged Commonwealth African countries to evolve a common stand in dealing with the enlarged European Economic Community. He went on to say, "there is little doubt that if we went to the talks with the enlarged EEC as single independent countries we would not be able to stand up to the pressures that such advanced and industrially strong countries can sexrt on us."
SYNOPSIS: The State House in Nairobi was the venue for the second African Trade Ministers Conference held over the past few days. Representatives attended the conference from eleven countries...Nigeria, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Gambia, Botswana, Lesotho, swaziland, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Two other nations, Ethiopia and Liberia sent observers.
The President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta met the visiting minister. He addressed them briefly but left the technical aspects of the trade talks for the business sessions.
Kenya's Minister for Commerce and Industry, Dr. Kiano was elected chairman of the conference. In his address he strongly urged commonwealth African countries to evolve a common stand in seeking relations with the enlarged European Economic Community. He told the delegates that there was little doubt that if nations went to talks with the EEC as single independents, they would not e able to stand up to pressures which such advanced and industrially strong countries could exert.
President kenyatta told the meeting that without common action on continental problems, Africa is dead.
At the end of a session the president left the State House with the visiting ministers and posed with them for photographs. Later he was to take them round his rose garden. Meanwhile a statement from the meeting noted a pledge of commitment to the principles of exchanges amongst the participating nations, and with the African and Caribbean nations in advance of negotiations with the new Europe. The ministers said they wanted such exchanges with all groups of countries which has existing conventions with the EEC.
The chairman said African Trade Ministers are to meet in Abidjan next month. After that he hoped the OAU heads of state meeting in Addis Ababa during May would be able to set directives on how Africa should approach the new Europe.