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    The importance of improving communications in Africa was emphasised to delegates of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa, which began meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Monday (26 February).

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    The importance of improving communications in Africa was emphasised to delegates of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa, which began meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Monday (26 February). Opening the five-day conference, Ghana's Commissioner for Transport and Communications Major Anthony Selormey, said Rhodesia's recent closure of the border with Zambia should warn Africa of the vulnerability of communications.

    Major Selormey said the conference was 'of the utmost significance' considering the Rhodesian action. He said it was a matter of the greatest importance to Africa to formulate realistic plans for improving communications networks.

    Twelve countries -- Ghana, Cameroun, The Congo People's Republic, Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Niger, Mauritania, Sierra Leone and Togo -- are attending the conference.

    SYNOPSIS: The importance of better communications in Africa was stressed to delegates attending the five-day conference of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa. Twelve countries took part in the talks at Accra, in Ghana.

    Ghana's Commissioner for Transport and Communications, Major Anthony Selormey, opened the conference on Monday and emphasised to delegates the importance of communications in view of Rhodesia's recent closure of the border with Zambia.

    Participants were welcomed to the conference by Mr. P.O. Aggrey, General Manager of Ghana's Port Authority. He said it was hoped that land-locked African countries could eventually join the ports group as associate members.

    At the official opening by Major Selormey, delegates were told the conference had come at a time of utmost significance. He said Rhodesia's attempted economic blockade of Zambia was concrete evidence of the urgent need to overcome weak links in communications networks. The Africans were urged to begin formulating realistic plans for improving transport facilities. Major Selormey said transport problems faced by Africa were almost overbearing and the lack of mobility was hampering development.

    Major Selormey said transport was more important at a domestic level than at the international level.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC2P024CKWX7I8SV329WUB636E
    Media URN:
    VLVAC2P024CKWX7I8SV329WUB636E
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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