• Short Summary

    ON THE NINTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IVORY COAST'S INDEPENDENCE FROM FRANCE, PRESIDENT FELIX HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY WENT ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 7) TO MAN, THE CHIEF TOWN OF THE WESTERN REGION ABOUT 600 KILOMETRES (375 MILES) NORTH-WEST OF ABIDJAN, FOR THE CELEBRATION PARADE OF ARMED FORCES, POLICE, VETERANS AND YOUTH GROUPS.

  • Description

    ON THE NINTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IVORY COAST'S INDEPENDENCE FROM FRANCE, PRESIDENT FELIX HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY WENT ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 7) TO MAN, THE CHIEF TOWN OF THE WESTERN REGION ABOUT 600 KILOMETRES (375 MILES) NORTH-WEST OF ABIDJAN, FOR THE CELEBRATION PARADE OF ARMED FORCES, POLICE, VETERANS AND YOUTH GROUPS.

    FOR SEVERAL YEARS THE ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS HAVE BEEN HELD IN A DIFFERENT DEPARTMENT EACH TIME - AND SO FAR PARADES HAVE BEEN HELD IN ABIDJAN, BOUAKA, KORHOGO, DALOA AND ABENGOUROU. TO COPE WITH THE CELEBRATIONS, THE CHOSEN TOWN IS GIVEN FINANCIAL AID BY THE GOVERNMENT. THIS YEAR, MAN HAS RECEIVED FUNDS TO BUILD A HOTEL, TARMAC THE ROADS, IMPROVE THE WATER SUPPLY AND INSTALL AUTOMATIC TELEPHONES.

    ALSO PRESENT AT THE CELEBRATIONS WERE HIGH-RANKING GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE RULING DEMOCRATIC PARTY, MR. PHILIPPE YACE.

    AMONG THE VISITING FOREIGN DIGNITARIES AND MEMBERS OF THE IVORY COAST'S DIPLOMATIC CORPS WERE THE AMBASSADORS OF FRANCE, BELGIUM, THE UNITED STATES AND GHANA.

    AFTER VIEWING THE PARADE, THE OFFICIALS, GUESTS AND THE PEOPLE OF THE IVORY COAST, WERE DUE TO CONTINUE THE CELEBRATIONS WITH THE FINALS OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL CUP IN THE AFTERNOON AND FOLK DANCING AND A TORCHLIGHT TATTOO IN THE EVENING.

    ALSO TAKING PART IN THE PARADE WERE IMPORTANT INDUSTRIAL FLOATS - REPRESENTING THE PRODUCTS OF THE IVORY COAST. AMONG THEM, "MOTORAGRI" - AN ISRAELI-FOUNDED ORGANISATION USING MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR LAND, FARM AND ROAD DEVELOPMENT. OTHER FLOATS REPRESENTED COFFEE, RICE AND TIMBER - WITH PRODUCTION FIGURES PAINTED ON THEIR SIDES.

    CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY FROM U.S. PRESIDENT NIXON, PRESIDENT AHIDJO OF CAMEROUN, PRESIDENT THIEU OF SOUTH VIETNAM AND PRESIDENT CHIANG KAI-SHEK OF NATIONALIST CHINA AMONG OTHERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVANEVLLN74LR4X4V3VWSLCBURV
    Media URN:
    VLVANEVLLN74LR4X4V3VWSLCBURV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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