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    President Marien Ngouabi, Head of State of The People's Republic of The Congo, and Liu Tche-Sien, Ambassador of The People's Republic of China, both broke bottles of samba - local palm wine - over a new river boat launched at the Chacona shipyards on the Congo river at Brazzaville on Saturday (August 11).

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    President Marien Ngouabi, Head of State of The People's Republic of The Congo, and Liu Tche-Sien, Ambassador of The People's Republic of China, both broke bottles of samba - local palm wine - over a new river boat launched at the Chacona shipyards on the Congo river at Brazzaville on Saturday (August 11).

    The Chacona yards were built with financial aid from Peking. On August 7th President Ngouabi returned from an official visit to The People's Republic of China during which he had talks with Chairman Mao Tse-tung and Premier Chou En-lai, and signed an agreement on a major loan for the Congo Republic.

    As well as building the shipyard, the Chinese also assisting in the construction of a large hydroelectric power project near Meuyonzi on the Bouendza River.

    The new river boat was christened 'Treis Gloriouses,' of 'The Glorious Three' after the three-day uprising in 1963 which led to the ousting of President Abbe Youlou and the establishing of left-wing rule in The Congo. The craft can carry 150 tons of merchandise and 100 passengers.

    At the christening ceremony, Transport Minister Louis Sylvain Goma emphasised the importance of river transport in the country, and said the government was interested in developing this facet of transportation.

    SYNOPSIS: A warm welcome awaited President Marien Ngouabi, Head of State of The People's Republic of The Congo, when he arrived at the Chacona ship-yards in Brazzaville on Saturday to christen a new riverboat. Capable of carrying a 150-ton cargo payload and one hundred passengers, the craft was named 'Trois Gloriouses' or 'The Glorious Three' after the three-day uprising in the Congo in nineteen-sixty-three which brought the left wing into power, and unseated President Abba Youlou.

    The Chacona shipyards were built with financial aid from The People's republic of China...President Ngouabi appropriately invited Chinese Ambassador Liu Tche-Sien to join him in the christening ceremony - and both cracked bottles of samba - the local palm wine - ever the stern of the ship. President Ngouabi arrived home on August 7 from an official visit to Peking during which he met Chairman Mao Tse-tung, Premier Chou En-lai, and signed and agreement on a major loan for the Congo Republic

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    Film ID:
    VLVAJ2C1XFSULAYNOXMDD9J09FHL
    Media URN:
    VLVAJ2C1XFSULAYNOXMDD9J09FHL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
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    N/A

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