The 21st ordinary session of the West session of the West African states Conference on Post and Telecommunications services has now ended in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.
GV EXT: Conference hall, Nouakchott, Mauritania.
GV INTERIOR: Delegates seated.
CU: Mauritanian crest.
SCU: Minister opening meeting.
GV & CU: Delegates listening to speaker. (5 SHOTS)
CU: Speaker, as delegates listen. (3 SHOTS)
SV: Delegates listening and applauding. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: The 21st ordinary session of the West session of the West African states Conference on Post and Telecommunications services has now ended in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.
SYNOPSIS: The three-day meeting was attended by representatives from the seven West African states which form the organisation -- Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Benin, Upper Volta, Mali, Niger and Senegal. The final session was presided over by Ahmed Mohamed Salah, the Mauritanian Minister of Transport and Supplies.
He told the delegates that the three days had produced some fruitful discussions and all parties had learned something of the technical and commercial problems affecting the postal services within the organisation. He also outlined proposals for the future which included the possibility of opening the association to other West African states, and the establishment of an air-mail service by January 1989. He praised the progress the organisation had made so far, but stressed there was still a lot of work to do in improving communications to backward, agricultural regions. The 22nd session will be held in Niger in 1979.