A delegation of the Bulgarian Communist Party has completed a fourday visit (6-9 June) to the West African republic of Benin.
GV EXT Bulgarian delegation arriving at hall
CU PULL BACK TO GV Bulgarian delegation with guide (2 shots)
CU Carvings on wall
SV INT Visitors listen (2 shots)
CU Mr Ognyan Doinov, leader of Bulgarian delegation
SV Mr Doinov signing visitors book
GV Doinov and Mr Ogouma, leader of Benin delegation, signing declaration (2 shots)
GV Delegates at reception and leaving
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Background: A delegation of the Bulgarian Communist Party has completed a fourday visit (6-9 June) to the West African republic of Benin. formerly Dahomey, Benin has officially been a Marxist-Leninist state since 1974. During their stay, the Bulgarians signed a co-operation agreement to cement good relations between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: The visitors managed some sight-seeing during their stay, going to the former capital of Abomey, which was the country's trade and production centre until late last century. The Royal Palace, the tomb of kings, and historical museum are maintained here. While significant in Benin's past, Abomey is also important in its future -- as the centre of a palm and groundnut growing area. Economists say the country's economic hopes must be based on agriculture.
The leader of the Bulgarian delegation was Mr Ognyan Doinov, who's a member of the Central Political Committee in Bulgaria. Here, he was autographing the visitor's book in Cotonou, the main commercial centre of Benin, before the co-operation agreement was signed. Mr. Doinov signed for Bulgaria, and a member of the Benin Foreign Affairs Ministry, Comrade Ogouma, for his country. When the formalities were over, the Bulgarian delegation was to head for reception with the Benin President, Lieutenant-colonel Mathieu Kerekou, who has been in charge since a coup eight years ago.