In Abidjan -- capital of the Ivory Coast -- one hundred Taiwanese are taking part in a trade fair in a bid to create greater markets on the African continent.
In Abidjan -- capital of the Ivory Coast -- one hundred Taiwanese are taking part in a trade fair in a bid to create greater markets on the African continent. Meanwhile, Abidjan also played host to a two-day conference of French-speaking economists -- the first of its kind ever to be held on African soil.
SYNOPSIS: Nearly to hundred economists gathered in the Democratic Party's Congress Hall to seek solutions to world-wide problems. The specialists came from many parts of the world, among them France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. It also included economic students from the National University and Foreign Ministers. At the start of the conference, the Minister of State for the Ivory Coast, Monsieur Auguste Denise, read a message from President Felix Houphouet-Boigny.
Delegates were told that the increasing complexity of economics was a problem for students -- and that the conference should open new horizons for teachers of the subject.
The Taiwan Trade Fair, which was held at the Ivory Hotel in Abidjan, was opened by the Minister of Commerce, Monsieur Maurice Seri Gnoleba.
Goods on display ranged from sophisticated electrical and electronic goods to bicycles and farm implements. The Taiwanese are major producers of items in demand in Africa, but in the past they've failed to mount a big enough sales drive to make a significant impact in the market.
The same has applied to the sale of arms, which in the past has been dominated by the former colonial powers. More recently have Soviet Union and China have moved in, and as the continent becomes more wealthy Taiwan hopes to corner a share of the African market place. The Taiwanese increased their industrial output by 25 percent last year, mounting at the same time a major export drive.