African leaders met in the Nigerian capital Lagos on Monday (28 April) for their first ever economic summit to adopt policies aimed at boosting the continent's development.
GV National Theatre in Lagos (Silent)
SCU Representatives from Central African Republic and Cameroon (2 shots) (Silent)
SV President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari, speaking in English
SV President Shagari shaking hands with delegates and walking past rostrum, applause from ministers
SV United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim speaking in English
SV Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda in crowd (silent)
SCU Zimbabwe sign and Zimbabwe representative (silent)
SV President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania speaking in English
SV Crowd seated (silent)
SHAGARI: "The third world will not attempt to continue to live in abject poverty. It will not attempt it. We are the victims of man's exploitation and we call on the developed world to join us in working out inevitable redistribution of the world's wealth. We no doubt have a common sta???e in a more acceptable and better world economic order since our existence is clearly interdependent."
WALDHEIM: "The participants here lead peopled whose greater proportion lives in bare subsistence. Massive impoverishment is an ever-present reality. Poverty and under-development create a powerful need for co-operation but impose their own limits on it. First of all, the world is going through a series of economic crises, needless to stress this here. Yet this summit demonstrates the resolve of the African leadership not to be deterred by these formidable obstacles but to concentrate on what can be done to improve the living conditions of the peoples of this great African continent."
NYERERE: "The Zimbabwe nationals were able to recognise when it was necessary to fight with guns and when it was possible because of the armed struggle to revert to the political front. They were able, in other words, to recognise the essentials in the situations which faced them at different times and to use every opportunity to make the maximum advance at the minimum cost."
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Background: African leaders met in the Nigerian capital Lagos on Monday (28 April) for their first ever economic summit to adopt policies aimed at boosting the continent's development. Heads of state and officials of the fifty countries of the Organisation of African Unity set a deadline of the year two thousand for the creation of an African common market.
SYNOPSIS: The summit held in the National Theatre in Lagos was opened by Nigerian President Shehu Shagari with a call for co-operation within Africa and a challenge to the industrialised world.
Mr Shagari's comments were well received by the delegates. United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim told the summit that the U.N. had resolved to launch a new round o global negotiations on international co-operation.
Also there was Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere who praised the tactics used by ZANU and ZAPU nationalists in Zimbabwe.