DR. KOFI BUSIA, PRIME MINISTER OF GHANA, ARRIVED IN NEW YORK LAST NIGHT (OCTOBER 14)?
LV INTERIOR, DR. BUSIA SITS DOWN
LV ZOOM IN BUSIA REPLIES TO FIRST QUESTION
CU BUSIA LISTENS TO QUESTIONS
CU QUESTION & ANSWER ABOUT AGREEMENT WITH OTHER COCOA PRODUCERS
CU BUSIA LISTENS TO QUESTION CONCERNING THE DIFFICULTIES OF A LASTING PRICE AGREEMENT
CU BUSIA REPLIES
CU BUSIA REPLIES ' IT WILL HAVE...AT THAT LEVEL'
SV PAN BUSIA LEAVES PLATFORM & ROOM
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: Q. Is that your biggest problem, Mr. Minister, cocoa?
A. It's the biggest earner but I wouldn't say it's the biggest economic problem. We have to determine our priorities. Our priorities at present are, first, rural development with a real deal of emphasis on increasing agricultural productivity; second, we have a large problem of unemployment which we must try to bring down; and, third, I would say positively, raising standards of living. You see, all those problems are interconnected.
OFFICIAL: We have time for about two questions more.
SEQ 3: Q. Now regarding the price agreement, you say that has been going up for 12 year now?
A. Well, yes, negotiations, discussions, talks - all over the place. Geneva, New York, everywhere.
Q. Put that agreement will have to be reached with other cocoa producers?
A. Yes, yes.
SEQ 6: Q. (INDISTINCT - concerns the difficulties of reaching a lasting price agreement). Yes, there are always problems, first on the producer side, also on the consumer side. What I hope to do is to arouse enough sympathy for us to have another meeting where we shall make more real efforts to reach agreement. This is of importance for us in Ghana as well as for the other producer countries.
SEQ 7: Q. Is that by treaty or by individual agreement?
SEQ 8: A. It will have to be by joint agreement. These discussions have taken place with meeting of the producer countries and the consumer countries. We have to get some agreement at that level. Thank you very much...
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Background: DR. KOFI BUSIA, PRIME MINISTER OF GHANA, ARRIVED IN NEW YORK LAST NIGHT (OCTOBER 14) AT THE START OF A NINE-DAY VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES THAT INCLUDES A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT NIXON NEXT WEEK.
DR. BUSIA AND MEMBERS OF HIS DELEGATION WERE MET AT KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BY MR. EBENEZER DEBRAH, GHANA'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES, MR. RICHARD AKWEI, GHANA'S PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE IN THE UNITED NATIONS, AND OTHER TOP OFFICIALS FROM THE GHANAIAN EMBASSY.
THE 56-YEAR-OLD PRIME MINISTER WILL CONFER WITH MR. NIXON AT THE WHITE HOUSE ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 20) AFTER ADDRESSING THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON FRIDAY (OCTOBER 17) AND MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE AFRO-ASIAN GROUP AT THE UNITED NATIONS.
HE WILL CONFER WITH U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE WILLIAM ROGERS IN WASHINGTON AFTER MEETING PRESIDENT NIXON.
DR. BUSIA ALSO PLANS TO MEET WITH BUSINESSMEN, PARTICULARLY THOSE INTERESTED IN THE MARKET IN COCOA, OF WHICH GHANA IS A LEADING PRODUCER.
AT AN AIRPORT NEWS CONFERENCE, DR. BUSIA SAID HIS GOVERNMENT WAS HOPEFUL AN AGREEMENT ON COCOA PRICES WOULD BE REACHED IN THE NEAR FUTURE, ADDING THAT HE WOULD DISCUSS WITH BUSINESSMEN OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTMENT IN GHANA.
GHANA, HE SAID, MUST INCREASE ITS AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT, CUT EMPLOYMENT, AND RAISE ITS LIVING STANDARDS.