INTRODUCTION: Businessmen from sixty countries gathered in Leipzig at the weekend for the opening of the traditional Leipzig Spring Fair -- East Germany's showpiece trade exhibition.
GV EXTERIOR Leipzig Spring Fair.
SV AND CU Minister for Foreign Trade Eric Soelle speaking with General Secretary of Socialist Unity Party of East Germany Erich Honecker, and Chairman of Council of State, Willi Stoph, listening. (3 shots)
GV Honecker and Stoph and other officials applaud.
GV Soelle, Honecker and Stoph and others walk into exhibition.
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SV Nigerian stand
SV AND GV 'Indien' stand with heavy machinery. (2 shots)
SV Sudan stand with spices and cloths.
CU AND SV Iran stand with rugs, pottery and glasses. (3 shots)
SV Iraq stand with household equipment -- fans and cooker.
GV AND SV EXT. Shot of heavy farm equipment at exhibition, East German made (DDR name on stand)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Businessmen from sixty countries gathered in Leipzig at the weekend for the opening of the traditional Leipzig Spring Fair -- East Germany's showpiece trade exhibition. The main purpose behind this year's fair is expected to be an export drive to the West to counter East Germany's mounting economic difficulties.
SYNOPSIS: The Fair was officially opened on Sunday, when East Germany's Foreign Trade Minister welcomed Party Chairman Erich Honecker and East German Head of State, Willi Stoph, to the Leipzig exhibition centre.
There followed a tour of the Fair, which, this year, has the theme 'the spirit of Helsinki'. Some nine thousand exhibitors have taken space at the show - nearly half of them from East Germany.
The Palestine Liberation organisation had an information stand at the Fair and no fewer than 23 developing countries were represented.
Despite the wealth and range of foreign exhibits on show, East Germany is expected to cut back severely on imports in the coming year, because of a steep rise in import costs and a severe balance of payments problem with the West European nations.
Nevertheless, Leipzig remains Europe's premier trade fair and a glittering shop window for the world's best manufacturing industries.