Delegates to the conference of the Confederation of African Women, held in Kinshasa, visited a large textile mill in the city's industrial region early in August.
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Background: Delegates to the conference of the Confederation of African Women, held in Kinshasa, visited a large textile mill in the city's industrial region early in August.
Weaving is one of Zaire's most important industries, and the colourful cloths from this particular factory are sold all over Africa and overseas.
Afterwards the lady visitors were entertained by President and Mme Mobutu Sese Sako at a cocktail party given in their honour at the presidential ledge at Mount Ngaliema.
At the opening of the conference, Confederation Secretary-General Mme Ebaka of the Congo urged the delegates to back the aims of the Organisation for African Unity (OAU) in fighting against 'imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism' - and also to support the initiative of Presidents Ngouabi, Mobutu, Nyerere and Kaunda to 're-units and liberate all of Africa.'
SYNOPSIS: Taking a break form the formal business of their conference in Kinshasa, delegates of the Confederation of African Women were invited to visit one of Zaire's biggest textile mills in the industrial area of the city.
The tour of the mill was of double interest to the ladies. Firstly they saw in action one of Zaire's most important industries...at all stages from weaving to dyeing. Then they were able to preview some of the latest fabrics before they actually went on the market. The colourful cloths from Zaire's mills find their way to shops and fashion designers all over Africa....and the World.
Earlier, at the conference itself, delegates were urged by Confederation Secretary-General Madame Ebaka of the Congo to back the aims of the Organisation for African Unity fighting against 'imperialism, colonialism and neo-colonialism.' She also urged them to support the aims of Presidents Ngouabi, Mobutu, Nyerere and Kaunda to re-units and liberate all of Africa.
After their tour of the mill the ladies were guests a??? speci??? cocktail party held in their honour by President and Madame Mobutu in the Presidential lodge at Mount Ngaliema.