Delegates from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Gambia opened the Second Regional Meeting of English-Speaking West African Countries on Sunday (10 December) in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.
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SV INT Delegates seated around conference table
SV Mr Williams speaking
SV Various delegates listening (4 shots)
SCU Williams speaking
SV Delegates applaud
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Background: Delegates from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Gambia opened the Second Regional Meeting of English-Speaking West African Countries on Sunday (10 December) in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.
The our-day conference, held at the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel, was called to discuss each country's participation in the Second World Black Festival of Arts and Culture to be staged in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1974.
The delegates also discussed the possibilities of closer co-operation between the English-speaking countries of West Africa following proposals put forward recently at a meeting of the International Committee in Lagos.
Welcoming the delegates to Sunday's meeting was acting Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Mr T. Nelson Williams. He had taken over these duties from Mr George Henry Andrew, who, only an hour before the meeting convened, had been dismissed from his office because of differences with President William Tolbert.
SYNOPSIS: At the Ducor Hotel in the Liberian capital of Monrovia on Sunday, West African delegates were addressed by the Liberian Acting Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Mr Nelson Williams.
The delegates from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Gambia were gathered for the Second Regional Meeting of West African English-speaking countries. After the conference opening by Mr Williams, they settled down to discuss their country's participation in the forthcoming Second World Festival of Black Arts and culture - the Festival planned to be held in Lagos, Nigeria, in nineteen-seventy-four.