An important Soviet delegation led by the Chief Expert of the USSR Council of Ministers for Foreign Relations Mr.
GV EXT. Food complex
LV PAN Col. Bonsu & Russians around complex
GV INT. Russians looking (4 shots)
SV Fish being packed
MV & CU Russians testing foods (4 shots)
GV PAN Abandoned fish complex
SV Delegates & Col. Bonsu (3 shots)
GV EXT. Uncompleted fish smoking plant
SV PAN INT. Fish smoking plant
LV Delegates around complex
SV, GV Delegates looking at machinier (2 shots)
SV COL. Bonsu & delegates talking
SV EXT. Building
MV PAN Machinery TO delegates
GV Crated machinery
SV People working in fish market with delegates walking through (2 shots)
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Background: An important Soviet delegation led by the Chief Expert of the USSR Council of Ministers for Foreign Relations Mr. K. M. Gorev last Wednesday (June 13) toured the fish meal and fish canning projects at Tema Harbour, Ghana.
The Russians are in Ghana to have a series of talks with the Ghanaian Government on the reactivation of Soviet projects, which were abandoned after the late President Kwame Nkrumah was deposed in 1966.
The fish processing project was dropped by the Busia Government which took office in 1969. In its original form the plan was a joint Ghana Government-Soviet industry enterprise.
In 1972 the ruling military Council, under Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, decided that the Tema Fish Complex should be renewed as part of the "Feed Yourself" policy. Fishing was a major actor in the campaign and the aim was that the fish project would meet all home demands for processed fish.
At the Tema food complex fish meal is produced, and here is also experimental fish canning. But at the fish complex, machinery is still in is crates.
The Soviet delegation will carry out a feasibility study of the fish complex, and also examine a prefabricated housing scheme, and a gold refinery at Tarkwa. The report will be submitted to the Soviet Government for the necessary action to be taken.
A Hungarian economic delegation also visited Ghana last week, to have talks on the resumption of Hungarian projects abandoned after 1966.