Financial experts and delegates from several West African government departments have been meeting in Abidjan to discuss ways of improving their telecommunication systems.
SV EXTERIOR Conference building, Abidjan
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SV Officials entering conference hall, taking seats, then starting talks ( 6 shots)
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SV PAN Delegates leaving via car park
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Background: Financial experts and delegates from several West African government departments have been meeting in Abidjan to discuss ways of improving their telecommunication systems. It was the first meeting of its kind -- and aimed at harmonising development programmes.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting decided an improvement in telecommunications was long overdue.
Represented were the West African Development Bank, the Economic Community of West African States, the West African Economic Community, and the United Nations Development Programme. The talks mainly concerned eight areas in the region -- Mauritania, Togo, Senegal, Upper Volta, Benin, the Ivory Coast, and Mali. French telecommunications consultants were also present. They reported on both the shortcomings and effectiveness of systems in French-speaking Africa, and said new communications centres were being planned for the West African region. By 1980, when an automatic telephone exchange would become operational in Nouakchott, Mauritania, many other improvements would have been made in other states.
The reassuring news was received favourably by the delegates. They said they were looking forward to the improvements being implemented.