• Short Summary

    The Ivory Coast celebrated the eighteenth anniversary of its independence from France last week -- and this year the main celebrations marking the occasion were held in the northern town of Seguela, about 600 kilometres (370 miles) from the capital, abidjan.

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    The Ivory Coast celebrated the eighteenth anniversary of its independence from France last week -- and this year the main celebrations marking the occasion were held in the northern town of Seguela, about 600 kilometres (370 miles) from the capital, abidjan.

    SYNOPSIS: Ivory Coast President Felix Houphouet Boigny was guest of honour, together with many visiting politicians and diplomats from other African countries. Seguela is situated in the savanna region of the country -- and played host to the celebrations for the first time.

    The processions took some two hours to pass through the streets and included representatives of all aspects of the social structure of the Ivory Coast. In an anniversary televisions broadcast President Houphouet Boigny said the Ivory Coast would stick to its liberal economic policies and would retain the country's fifty thousand white expatriate experts until sufficient nationals had been trained to replace them.

    Seguela was chosen for the celebration as part of a scheme to help the development of different regions of the Ivory Coast.

    In preparation the town was virtually rebuilt -- at the cost of massive capital investment. In keeping with the theme of illustrating the Ivory Coast's broad-based free economy, local farmers and school-children also figured prominently in the anniversary procession.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABLNKSXF82BBYXP9748VT6BA08
    Media URN:
    VLVABLNKSXF82BBYXP9748VT6BA08
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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