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    Ten miles outside the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan, a vast new housing scheme was launched this week.

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    Ten miles outside the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan, a vast new housing scheme was launched this week. The plan provides for 2,300 new homes on a 42-acre site to be built by next February at a cost of three-and-a-quarter million pounds. (2,300-million CFA Francs). President of the National Assembly Philippe Yace presided over the scheme's opening ceremony on Tuesday (March 21). Construction will be by SICOGI -- a national construction agency.

    SYNOPSIS: Ten miles outside the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan, in West Africa, a three-and-quarter-million pound housing scheme was launched Tuesday amid scenes of general excitement. Dancers and musicians gave the event a holiday atmosphere....
    National and local officials went to the 42-acre site, to welcome the President of the National Assembly Monsieur Philippe Yace, who was to preside over the opening.

    He was greeted by the Minister responsible for urban development, Monsieur Thierry Lebbe, and other officials. The new site close to a new industrial region outside Abidjan, and local government officers were also on hand.

    Under a portrait of President Houphouet-Boignyh the first act of the official opening -- the signing of the official document.

    The plans call for two-thousand-three-hundred new homes to be built by next February. Most of them, 70 percent, will be bungalows; the rest houses. They'll be put up by one of West Africa's largest building companies -- a national Ivory Coast corporation which already has major housing development to its credit. In the last two years the organisation has built five-thousand homes; this new project will bring its total to ten-thousand in and around the capital.

    The laying of this foundation stone marks the launching of a project that reflects the Ivory Coast's prosperity. The capital attracts not just Ivory Coast inhabitants form the interior, but also immigrant workers form other countries. Hence the need for major housing development like this one.

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