• Short Summary

    President Siake Stevens of Sierra Leone announced a new five year development plan for his small West African state at the opening of the second session of the country's third Parliament in the capital, Freetown, on Friday (21 June).

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    GV PAN Freetown.
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    SV Crowds with banners outside Parliament as delegates arrive (3 shots)
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    GV ZOOM IN President Stevens takes salute.
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    GA PAN Guard of Honour.
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    GTV President Stevens reviews Guard fo Honour.
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    GTV President Stevens reviews Guard fo Honour.
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    Background: President Siake Stevens of Sierra Leone announced a new five year development plan for his small West African state at the opening of the second session of the country's third Parliament in the capital, Freetown, on Friday (21 June).

    Dr. Stevens -- who became Sierra Leone's President in April 1971 -- said the plan's objectives would be the acceleration of Sierra Leone's economic growth, better living standards for people and the promotion of a balanced blend between the economy's public and private sectors.

    Dr. Stevens said the government's subsidy of rice, the staple food, had reached the "intolerable sum" of 2,000,000 Leones (about GBP 1,000,000 sterling). He appealed to the nation to redouble its efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production.

    In a reference to Portugal, the President appealed to President Antonio Spinola to extend to the Portuguese-held territories in Africa the same policy of liberation and freedom which he had initiated in Sierra Leone.

    Dr. Stevens was active in helping to achieve Sierra Leone's independence in 1961. He became Prime Minister in 1967 but was exiled after a military coup.

    Just over a year later, the military officers called on Dr. Stevens to return from London and to form a new government. He was sworn in as Premier and formed a Cabinet with representatives from all the major tribal groups.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3DD2HA1E0O9MM6DLYKQCYZQXB
    Media URN:
    VLVA3DD2HA1E0O9MM6DLYKQCYZQXB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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