Mali's Head of State Colonel Moussa Traore recently laid the foundation stone of a sugar factory to be built with aid from The People's Republic of China at Siribana in east Mali.
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Background: Mali's Head of State Colonel Moussa Traore recently laid the foundation stone of a sugar factory to be built with aid from The People's Republic of China at Siribana in east Mali.
The factory will be able to process 1,000 tons of sugar cane a day for the drought stricken country. Mr. Meng Yuch, The People's Republic of China's ambassador to Mali, and several Malian government minsters attended the ceremony at Siribana.
Colonel Traore told the Chinese workers and guests that in the fourteen years since independence, the people of Mali had tried to make the country able to stand on its own economically. It was a difficult struggle against development and misery but ever since independence Mali had had the benefit of unselfish Chinese help.
Chinese ambassador Mr. Meng Yuch said both China and Mali were third world countries in the process of developing. He was convinced that the people of Mali would be able to overcome their difficulties and develop a sound national economy.
SYNOPSIS: The village of Siribala in the eastern region of drought stricken Mali is to have a sugar factory built with the help of The People's Republic of China.
Mali's Head of State Colonel Moussa Traore travelled nearly two hundred miles to lay the factory's d foundation stone.