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    Representatives from thirteen African countries met in Togo last week (17th April) to discuss a pan-African telecommunications network.

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    Representatives from thirteen African countries met in Togo last week (17th April) to discuss a pan-African telecommunications network.

    Meetings have been held twice before - in October and November of last year. This latest meeting was organised by the International Telecommunications Union/and the Development Committee of the United Nations. The International Telecommunications Union has it's headquarters in Geneva. Mr. Richard Butler, Vice-General Secretary of the Union made a special trip to be at the meeting in Togo.

    Chairman of the meeting was M. Laurent Gaba, secretary of the Ministry of Public building and Works, and Posts and Telecommunications in Togo. Members of the Togolese government were also present.

    The African countries involved in the project expressed the hope that within the next few years, they will be able to communicate through a new telecommunications network. This would replace the existing network established during colonial rule.

    Twenty-eight countries are involved in the project. Togo is already negotiating a direct communications line through Upper Volta, Ghana and Dahomey.

    The feasibility study of the pan-African communication network has been carried out by Canadian, French and Swedish companies.

    SYNOPSIS: Representatives from thirteen African Nations met in Togo last week to discuss plans for a pan-African telecommunications network. The meeting was jointly organised by the Geneva based International Telecommunications Union and the Development Committee of the United Nations.

    Mr. Richard Butler, Vice-General Secretary of the International Telecommunications Union was present to address the delegates. Two previous meetings have been held - in October and November of last year.

    Twenty-eight countries are involved in the proposed telecommunications network. Delegates at the meeting expressed the hope that, within the next few year, their countries would be able to communicate through a new network, replacing the old one established during colonial rule.

    Mr. Laurent Gaba, Secretary of the Togolese Ministry of Public Building and Works, and Posts and Telecommunications, also addressed the meeting. Togolese government members were also present. The feasibility study of the pan-African telecommunications network has been carried out by Canadian, French and Swedish companies.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB311SHWZS4PAY9BIDDFDIQOT8
    Media URN:
    VLVAB311SHWZS4PAY9BIDDFDIQOT8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/04/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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