The possibility of setting up of a Pan African telecommunications network is being discussed at a conference which opened at Addis Ababa on October 30th.
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SV INT Delegates at conference table (2 shots)
CU Ate Mekbeb Damte opening conference PAN TO Chairman listening
SV Delegates from Ivory Coast, Swaziland, Zambia, and Ghana listen (4 shots)
CU Robert Gardiner speaking
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SV Senegal, Nigeria, Niger, Mauritius delegates listen (2 shots)
SV Pater Dnu speaking
SV Liberia, Lesotho, Uganda delegates
CU UNDP representative
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Background: The possibility of setting up of a Pan African telecommunications network is being discussed at a conference which opened at Addis Ababa on October 30th.
The meeting, scheduled to stretch over 11 days, was convened by the International Telecommunications Union, the Economic Commission for Africa and the Organisation of African Unity.
The conference is considering the technical and economic aspects of the findings of a feasibility survey, with a view to reaching general agreement on co-ordination of traffic relationships.
It's expected that a Pan-African network would coat around 100-million dollars (42 million Sterling).
SYNOPSIS: At Africa hall in Addis Ababa on Monday delegates from thirty-seven nations attended the opening of the Pan African Telecommunications conference.
The conference--to last eleven days--was opened by Ethiopia's Minister of State in the Ministry of Communication, Telecommunication and Posts, Ato Mekbeb Damte.
The meeting was convened by the International Telecommunications Union, the Economic Commission for African and the Organisation of African Unity.
The delegates are discussing the possibility of setting up a Pan African Telecommunications network at a cost of around forty-two-million pounds Sterling.
The conference was told its own importance could not be over emphasised. On it depended the practical achievement of a Pan African Telecommunications network, which would be a means of accelerating the economic and social growth of the continent.
A feasibility survey into the project is already under way. In fact it has almost been completed.
The radio relay routes surveyed total more than eighteen-thousand kilometres, for which about seventeen international telephone switching centres would be needed. One of the big questions being discussed in Addis Ababa is exactly how the Pan African Telecommunications network would be financed.