President Joseph Mobutu and his wife were among the many visitors to the Fikin-70 national trade fair held recently as part of Congo-Kinshasa's celebration of its ten years of independence.
President Joseph Mobutu and his wife were among the many visitors to the Fikin-70 national trade fair held recently as part of Congo-Kinshasa's celebration of its ten years of independence. The fair is designed as a show-case of some of Congo-Kinshasa's achievements since 1960 as well as a means of displaying current products and future opportunities.
The President and his wife rode on a commemorative train, called the "Mobembo" train, a feature pointing out the role of railways in the country's history.
Among the array of displays and pavilions visited by the Presidential couple was one devoted to dressmaking, clothing and commerce. While there, the President and his wife saw matchboxes being manufactured.
Another feature of the trade fair was the furniture industry pavilion. Among those viewing it was a delegation from Algeria.
With tourism becoming an important aspect of Congo-Kinshasa's economy, it was made the subject of a major display.
Congo-Kinshasa's Minister of Transport, M.Alvez, viewed the exhibits at the Transport Pavilion. M.Alvez pointed out the importance of effective transport facilities in the country's growth and development, having pointed out that in recent years Congo-Kinshasa's territory has been criss-crossed with a transport network benefiting all aspects of industry.
Congo-Kinshasa's power resources were highlighted in a pavilion devoted to electricity. The country's food-producing capability was displayed in the food pavilion. There, home-grown fruits and vegetables were exhibited.
Part of the fair was also set aside for games and rides, a feature enjoyed by many visitors.