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    The Ivory Coast marked the 15th anniversary of its official entente with Dahomey, Upper Volta, Niger and Togo with a stone-laying ceremony for a new medical centre in suburban Abidjan on Wednesday (29 May).

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    The Ivory Coast marked the 15th anniversary of its official entente with Dahomey, Upper Volta, Niger and Togo with a stone-laying ceremony for a new medical centre in suburban Abidjan on Wednesday (29 May).

    The Entente Council was set up in 1959 by the Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Upper Volta and Niger. When Togo joined in 1966, the Council's economic relations were reorganised.

    The original "Fonds de Solidarite" to support development projects was transformed into a mutual aid and loan guarantees fund designed to encourage outside lenders to finance development projects in member countries. The contributions from the member nations are assessed according to their wealth.

    The Fund was used to finance the medical centre at Abidjan, which has cost nearly twenty million CFA (GBP 34,370 sterling). Similar medical centres are being built in the other Entente Council capitals for a total investment by the fund of 100 million CFA (GBP 171, 800 sterling).

    The Administrative Secretary of the Council, M. Paul Kaya, was one of the speakers at Wednesday's stone-laying ceremony. The Minister for Public Health and Population, M. Blaise N'Dia Koffi also spoke as President Felix Houphouet-Boigny's representative. The President later made a special address to the nation on radio and television to mark the anniversary.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABEGTOLPET0UQ729ELL6K7LVQ5
    Media URN:
    VLVABEGTOLPET0UQ729ELL6K7LVQ5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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