Members of the economic mission to Japan led by the Zaire Foreign Minister, Mr. Nguza?
Members of the economic mission to Japan led by the Zaire Foreign Minister, Mr. Nguza Karl I Bond, were given a glimpse of the latest high-speed passenger train developed by the Japanese on Friday (9 November). Three members of the 14-member mission were taken to the Kunitachi Research Centre, which is run by Japan's National Railway. All three were consultant engineers attached to Zaire's Public Works Minletry.
The visitors were shown the latest technical developments in rail transport, and inspected rolling stock and track testing gear. Their tour of the centre ended with a look at the prototype for a linear-engined "Evllet-Train", which, when fully developed, will be capable of speeds over 300 m.p.h. (500 kms). Zaire is seeking Japanese technical aid to help speed up the country's ambitious rail network expansion programme.
The rest of the mission was to have talks during the five-day visit with members of the Japanese Government, including the Japanese Foreign Minister, Mr. Masayoshi Ohira. The aim of the visit was to discuss new ways of increasing economic co-operation between Zaire and Japan. Zaire's Minister of Public Works, Mr. Engule Baangampongo Bakonela Lokanga, intended spending most of the tour visiting senior executive of Japan's against industrial and trading companies. The Zaire party will leave Japan for South Korea on Wednesday (14 November).
SYNOPSIS: The Zaire Foreign Minister, Mr. Nguza - leading a fourteen-man economic mission - met his Japanese counterpart, Mr. Ohira, in Tokyo on Friday. The mission will spend five days in Japan, discussing new ways of increasing economic co-operation between the two countries.
Three members of the mission visited the Kunitachi Research Centre - not far from Tokyo - and were given a glimpse of Japan's latest passenger train - the linear engined "Bullet-Train". When fully developed, it will be capable of speeds over three hundred miles an hour.
The Research Centre is run by Japan's National Railway. The Zaire visitors - all consultative engineers with Zaire's Public Works Ministry - were shown equipment used for testing railway tracks. The Centre is responsible for the most modern developments in railway engineering in Japan.
The African visitors also saw a prototype of the linear engined train....which is capable only of speeds up to thirty miles an hour. Zaire is seeking technical aid from Japan for its own railway expansion programme.
The rest of the mission were to have talks with members of the Japanese Government, and visit senior executives of Japan's giant industrial and trading companies.
The mission was expected to visit the historic Japanese cities of Osaks, Kyoto and Nara over the weekend. It will leave Japan for South Korea on Wednesday.