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    The busiest port in West Africa is that of Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast. With?

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    The busiest port in West Africa is that of Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast. With ships from France, Germany, Japan and almost every other country in the world using its facilities; and with imports and exports of products as varied as timber and pineapple juice crossing on its quaysides--it faces an even better year in 1971 than its record year of 1970.

    The total exports handled in the port during 1970 was close to 3 1/2 million tons--of which coffee is number one, the Ivory Coast being the world's third largest producer of the valuable bean.

    West Germany is one of the biggest markets for the timber which accounts for a large part of Abidjan port's outgoing traffic--coming from the 6 million hectares under forestation in the Ivory Coast, Africa's largest producer of uncut timber.

    Even ships from the recently-troubled Polish port of Szczecin are seen in Abidjan. They have carried manufactured products in from Europe--and will be taking out raw materials from West Africa.

    Japanese tuna-fishing ships are among many who use the ever-expanding fishing area of the port--a section that has in the last year added new quays, a floating dock and several deep-freeze installations to handle the thousands of tons of tuna-fish and sardines that pass through annually.

    The Ivory Coast trades mainly with France and the other franc zone countries, with the European Economic community (EEC), the U.S.A. and Britain. Exports, which are headed by coffee and timber, also include bananas, cocoa beans, ginned cotton, palm products, diamonds, manganese and other lesser products.

    The construction of the port of Abidjan--begun in 1951, has been financed primarily by Ivorien Funds for Aid and Cooperation, the European Funds for Development, the Special Budget for the Investment and Supply of the State of the Ivory Coast, and by the Port of Abidjan Budget.

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