Canadian Foreign Minister Mitchell Sharp, on a five-nation, two-week tour of Africa, has been signing aid agreements with Tanzania and the East African Community.
Canadian Foreign Minister Mitchell Sharp, on a five-nation, two-week tour of Africa, has been signing aid agreements with Tanzania and the East African Community. This film shows him signing the agreement with the E.A.C. for funds to buy 35 locomotives for the joint railway run by the Community. A good, straightforward, usable piece of news film.
SYNOPSIS: The railway system run by the East African Community for its three member nations -- Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda -- will soon be richer by 35 locomotives. For Canada has just signed an agreement with the E.A.C. for a 14-million dollar (GBP5,835 starling) loan to buy the locos.
The signing of the agreement took place at the Community Headquarters in Arusha, Northern Tanzania, on Monday (15 March). The loan, which is interest-free and repayable over 50 years, was signed on behalf of Canada by the Canadian Foreign Minister, Mr Mitchell Sharp, who arrived at the headquarters accompanied by Tanzanian Finance Minister Mr A.H. Jamel.
During his visit to Tanzania, Mr Sharp also signed separate loan agreements with Tanzania to bring Canadian assistance for 1971 to about 9 1/2-million dollars (GBP4 million sterling). The extra cash is to help finance a highway and pay for a survey to discover Tanzania's agricultural storage needs.
Following the signing of the railway agreement, Mr Sharp presented the E.A.C. officials with a model locomotive and some electronic meteorological equipment. The first of the real locomotives is due to arrive in July. Fifteen of them will be the biggest and most powerful ever to run on the East African sub-continent.