A new economic relationship between the black nations of southern Africa was discussed at a two day conference in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha on Tuesday (3 July) and Wednesday (4 July).
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA (JULY 2, 1979) (REUTERS)
GV: Botswana President Sir Seretse Khama lout of small jet and greeted by President Kenneth Kaunda.
GV PAN: Kaunda and Khama with officials walk towards VIP lounge.
SV: President Khama holding child with President Kaunda on sofa. President Khama speaking in English (MUTE - SOUNDBITE NOT AVAILABLE)
GV: Kaunda and officials waving as President Khama's plane flys out for Arusha.
KHAMA: "The purpose of this meeting I'm going to is to try and talk. Initially to get the 'Front line' states to explore the possibility of reasonable cooperation. And if we can agree on it, and I hope we do, we can probably extend it to the other countries within our region."
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Background: A new economic relationship between the black nations of southern Africa was discussed at a two day conference in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha on Tuesday (3 July) and Wednesday (4 July). Whats' envisaged is a regional cooperation group linking Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia and Angola and Mozambique which would co-ordinate foreign aid programmes, increase industry and trade and lessen the region's dependence upon South Africa.
The conference was opened by the Botswana President, Sir Seretse Khama and on his way to Arusha he flew into the Zambian capital, Lusaka for talks with President Kenneth Kaunda. President Kaunda was at the Lusaka airport to greet him. The discussions between the two Presidents, as with the conference itself centred on long term planing fro the regional cooperation group. With the exception of Tanzania and Angola all the so called 'Front-Line states' have a high degree of integration with the South African economy. And although Reuters reports some ministerial sources as saying that it will take a decade to develop a substantial new network to transport unconnected with South Africa, the countries attending the conference believe its urgent that planning start now. President Khama was asked about the regional conference.
Their discussions completed, President Khama flew off to Arusha. Its hoped that the regional cooperation group will eventually include Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Namibia and Zimbabwe Rhodesia.