Delegates from countries belonging to the UPDEA (Union Des Producteurs, Transporteurs et Distributeurs D'Energie Electrique des Pays Africains, Malgache Et Maurician) met in Abidjan from 4-7 June to discuss inter-country co-operation in producing electricity.
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CU Sign "Centre of Electricity"
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SV Delegates examine installations
SV PAN Electrical tools
SV Delegates reading plans
SV PAN OVER Delegates in class room
SV M. Rogers Bouzannet demonstrating electrical devices
SV PAN FROM Delegates to electrical board
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Background: Delegates from countries belonging to the UPDEA (Union Des Producteurs, Transporteurs et Distributeurs D'Energie Electrique des Pays Africains, Malgache Et Maurician) met in Abidjan from 4-7 June to discuss inter-country co-operation in producing electricity.
The meeting was the third re-union of the organisation's study committee on inter-African co-operation. The countries belonging to UPDEA are the People's Republic of the Congo; the Ivory Coast; Gabon; Upper Volts; Liberia; Mali; Mauritius; The Malagasy Republic; Niger; Senegal; Togo and Zaire.
The Director General of the E.E..C.I. (Energie Electrique de Cots d'Ivoire), M. Lambert Konan, told the delegates that they must start thinking of developing their electrical industries on a multi-national basis not just on a national basis.
This was necessary to benefit from modern technology but also meant that they needed common standards and laws concerning electricity.
He also said that they had to face the fundamental problems of maintaining oil supplies and developing nuclear power to generate electricity.
On Wednesday, the delegates went to the Akouai Sentai electricity centre at Bingerville, near Abadjan, formed a year ago. The centre trains technicians to work in the Ivory Coast's electrical industry and has about three hundred students.
SYNOPSIS: At Bingerville near Abidjan delegates to the UPDEA conference last week visited the Ivory Coast's centre for training electrical technicians -- founded only a year ago.
The Akouai Santai Electricity Centre now has three hundred public and the delegates were shown its comprehensive facilities and equipment from models to actual equipment.
During their conference the delegates had been discussing the need for co-operation among their countries. They were told this was necessary to benefit fully from modern technology and that it would mean they had to have common laws and standards on electricity.
The Centre's director, M. Rogers Bouzannet, who'd shown them round the centre took the opportunity to demonstrate some of its equipment to them. He also explained the use of some of the devices and controls used in the centre.