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    African trade ministers held their fourth conference in Algiers, Algeria, on Monday (24 November) to discuss the problem of trade between african countries.

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    GV EXTERIOR OAU conference building

    GV Libyan, Sudanese, Somali and Guinea Bissau delegations (4 shots)

    GV Chairman Yaker introduced (3 shots)

    GV Chairman Yaker addressing delegates in French (SHOTS OF DELEGATES LISTENING OVER SPEECH)

    The Palace of Nations conference centre in Algiers is the scene of the fourth conference of African Trade Ministers, which opened on Monday. The conference is being held under the auspices of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and the main item of the agenda is the promotion of inter-African trade. Just over two percent of last year's total African foreign trade, worth 34 million pounds sterling, was between African countries themselves ... a fall of three per cent during the past nine years.

    The Conference was opened by OAU Secretary-General William Eteki M'Boumoua. The first major address came from the conference chairman, Algerian trade minister Layachi Yaker.

    He told the many delegations that if the drop in inter-African trade continued, it would constitute a grave danger to the future of African Co-operation. "It will compromise all efforts to consolidate African unity" he said.

    Delegates will discuss the problems surrounding African trade during the five days of the conference. United Nations economic commission experts are on hand to give advice ... and the difficulties of providing Africa with adequate transport facilities will be one of the first problems tackled.


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    Background: African trade ministers held their fourth conference in Algiers, Algeria, on Monday (24 November) to discuss the problem of trade between african countries.

    Just over two percent of last year's total foreign trade of African countries, worth 68 million dollars (34 million pounds sterling) was between African countries, a fall of three per cent during the past nine years
    The conference was held at the Palace of Nations Centre, under the auspices of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and was opened by OAU Secretary-General, William Eteki M'Boumoua.

    Delegates at the conference discussed the problems of inadequate transport facilities and the incomparability of products making progress slow in developing inter-African trade links.

    A group of Experts from the OAU and the United Nations economic commission met in Algiers the previous week to prepare for the ministerial conference.

    Algerian trade minister and conference chairman, Layachi Yaker, said that if the drop in inter-African trade was allowed to continue, it would constitute a grave danger for the future of African co-operation.

    "It will compromise all efforts to consolidate African unity", he said.

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