A total of 18 separate development projects in Africa, all financed by the European Community's Development Fund, were signed at a special ceremony at the Community's headquarters in Brussels on Monday (14 November).
GV INT Meeting in progress
SV PAN Delegates from Zambia, Tanzania Swaziland, Suddan, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria and Niger
SV PAN Delegates from Ethiopia, Gambia, Mail Ile Maurice
CU M. Claude Cheysson, EEC Commissioner, signing agreement with Botswana representative Madame Mathe
SV Swaziland representative, Industry Minister Dr. S.S. Nxumalo walks to table, sits down and sings (3 shots)
SV OCAM representative signing
SV Senegalese representative, M. Sy, singing
SV Niger representative, G.O. Ijewere, signing
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Background: A total of 18 separate development projects in Africa, all financed by the European Community's Development Fund, were signed at a special ceremony at the Community's headquarters in Brussels on Monday (14 November).
SYNOPSIS: The special session at the Berlaymont building brought together representatives of 15 African countries, and two African regional organisations Between them, they were responsible for 18 separate projects, covering a wide range of economic and social activates. a textile factory in Tanzania received spacial aid; in Ethiopia, a vast housing scheme has been made possible; in Sierra Leone, the National Bank will received a special credit to be distributed according to local needs. The money has come from the European Community's Development Fund -- a total of 110 million dollars.
Monsieur Claude Cheysson, EEC Commissioner for Development Aid, signed on behalf of the Community. For the Botswana representative, Madame Mathe, the aid will go towards a new University of Botswana and Swaziland, and housing and small businesses.
Swaziland's representative, Industry Minister Dr. Nxumalo, also singed an agreement for more aid for a housing project, and to encourage small local projects.
Other agreements included new health centres and investment in tea plantations in Zambia; for Sudan, a grant to set up tea plantations in the south of the country; and for lesotho, money to equip an industrial zone on the outskirts of the capital, Meseru. In French speaking Africa, village wells will be improved and increased; and, in Mali, rural rice production will be boosted.