INTRODUCTION: In India, Industry Minister Tonse Anant Pai opened a 20 nation ministerial meeting on industrial cooperation on Tuesday (4 January).
GV EXT Conference hall in New Delhi
GV INI Iraq, Libya, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Algeria, Bulgaria and Egypt representatives seated (4 shots)
SV Mr. T.A. Pai India's Minister of Industry addressing the conference
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: MR. PAI: "Dr. Khane, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you to this round table ministerial meeting on industrial and technological cooperation among developing countries, organised jointly by the UNIDO and the government of India. The UNIDO paper describes the meeting as historic. It is historic in terms of the task of forging solidarity among the developing countries with a view to eradicating the economic backwardness of these peoples. The meeting is unique in that while countries from different geographical regions, divergent socio-economic systems and varying levels of technological growth are represented here, yet transcending this diversity there is unity in our objectives and there is even a common central goal in our approach. It is to explore this community of interest that we have assembled here."
The countries taking part in the conference are Afghanistan, Algeria, Bulgaria, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire and Zambia. The conference is due to last for three days.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In India, Industry Minister Tonse Anant Pai opened a 20 nation ministerial meeting on industrial cooperation on Tuesday (4 January). Mr. Pai vowed that India would actively help to promote industrialisation in the developing world. The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation -- UNIDO -- and the Indian government organised the meeting which was attended by Industry Ministers from third world countries in Asia, Africa, South America and eastern Europe.
SYNOPSIS: The conference took place in the Indian capital, Delhi. UNIDO's Executive Director Dr. Abd-El Rahman said the target set at the second general conference in Lima, Peru two years ago was not unrealistic. The member countries then agreed to try to raise their share of world industrial production to 25 per cent. Mr. Pai made the opening speech.