Officials of the European Economic Community (E.E.C.) and the European Investment Bank (E.I.B.) opened talks?
GV PAN Ministry of Planning
MV delegates arrived and take places at table (3 shots)
MB black delegates (unnamed) address conference with listeners (2 shots)
GV PAN delegates listening and taking notes (3 shots)
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Background: Officials of the European Economic Community (E.E.C.) and the European Investment Bank (E.I.B.) opened talks with Ivory Coast officials in Abidjan on Tuesday (23 March). The two sides will be discussing prospects of aid to the Ivory Coast during its new five-year development plan.
The European mission is being led by the Director of the European Development Fund, M. Hauswirth, and the Director of the E.I.B., M. Silvain.
Representing the Ivory Coast at the talks were the Minister of Planning, Mohamed Diawara, and the Minister of the Economy and Finance Henri Konan Bedie.
The visit is under the auspices of the "Lome Convention", signed in February 1975. This Convention links 46 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, in a new trade and aid relationship with the EEC.
Since 1960, the Ivory Coast has received over 52,000 million francs CFA (about 1 1/4 million pound sterling) in loans and investments from the E.I.B. ad the E.E.F.
The missions were due to visit Bouake and Korhogo before leaving the Ivory Coast on 27 March.
SYNOPSIS: The Ministry of Planning in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast - scene of talks between a visiting European economic mission and officials of the Ivory Coast. The mission is a joint group from the European Economic Community and the European Investment Bank. The two sides discussed the prospects of aid to the Ivory Coast in its new five-year development plan.
The Ivory Coast was led in the discussions by the Minister of Planning, Mohamed Diawara, and the Minister of the Economy and Finance, Henri Konan Bedie. Since 1960, the country has received over 52,000 million francs CFA in loans and aid from the European groups. During the visit, the mission will be visiting the products of its previous aid at Bouake and Korhogo in the north of the country. They will also hold further talks before ending their six-day visit.