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    The annual conference of African labour ministers is being held this week in the capital of Uganda, Kampala.

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    The annual conference of African labour ministers is being held this week in the capital of Uganda, Kampala.

    Thirty four countries are represented at the conference - held under the suspicious of the Organisation for African Unity.

    This year's conference was opened by Uganda's President Amin. In his speech he made what appeared to be a reference to the strained relations which existed between Uganda and some of the countries attending the meeting after the overthrow of Uganda's ex-President Obote, 13 months ago.

    President Amin said the presence of the various labour ministers in Uganda this week was an indication that Africa had triumphed over the negative forces which wanted to destroy its unity.

    The conference opened on Monday (6 March) and lasts all week. It went into closed session on Tuesday (7 March).

    SYNOPSIS: A major international conference this week in the capital of Uganda, Kampala. Outside the International Conference Centre in the city flags of African nations indicated the presence of thirty four labour minsters - gathered for their annual meeting.

    Arriving to open the meeting - Uganda's President Amin. During his speech he was to make what observers said was a significant reference to the formerly strained relations between Uganda and some other African countries after the overthrow of ex-President Obote. He told the ministers that their very presence in his capital was an indication that Africa had triumphed over the negative forces which wanted to destroy its unity.

    President Amin said he wanted to congratulate the Labour ministers on their achievement in promoting African unity and fraternity. He said he welcomed the delegates, not as strangers, but as brothers. The Uganda President spent considerable time speaking about foreign policy. He told the ministers his government is dedicated to the total elimination of colonialism in Africa. President Amin pledged that Uganda would continue to give moral and material support to liberation movements recognised by the Organisation for African Unity. He also condemned apartheid -- which he described as a threat to peace and security on the entire African continent.

    Much of this week's discussion among the labour ministers will be in closed session. On the agenda are subjects such as the prohibition of the sale, hire, or use of inadequate guarded machinery -- and ways of improving occupational training.

    Also down for discussion - unity among African Trade Union movements, and the Intra-African Technical Assistance programme. As well as representatives from thirty-four African nations, a number of observers are attending the week-long meeting. The International Labour Organisation is represented - so is the United Nations Development Programme. President Amin ended his speech by wishing the delegates well in their deliberations. The new and outgoing chairmen of the conference then spoke briefly before the meeting went into closed session for the main part of its programme.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADVUTYSYGQ87JU28A0QJUFY0PY
    Media URN:
    VLVADVUTYSYGQ87JU28A0QJUFY0PY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
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    N/A

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