The West African state of Togo, a former French colony, celebrated its 18th anniversary of independence last month.
SV: Togo Minister of Mines and Energy Ayite Gachin Mivedor, (left) and M. Claude Lambert President of Lambert Frere and Co, (centre) and other guests arrive for ceremony.
GV: section cement works complex, with crowds outside.
SV: banners (2 shots)
SV PAN: guests seated.
CU: M. Mivedor unveils plaque, assisted by M. Lambert.
CU: inscription on plaque.
SV: guests enter plant. (2 shots)
SV AND LV: guests touring plant (2 shots)
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Background: The West African state of Togo, a former French colony, celebrated its 18th anniversary of independence last month. As a prelude to the celebrations, the Minister of Mines and Energy, Monsieur Ayite Mivedor, opened a new concrete plant, which will give Togo self-sufficiency in concrete production.
SYNOPSIS: With Monsieur Mivedon at the opening ceremony was Monsieur Claude Lambert, the President of a private French Company which contributed fifty percent of the capital for the new installation. The new plant is the tangible result of a Togolese government-sponsored project which was set up in 1971. The project, installed by the Togolese Head of State, General Gnassingbe Eyadema, is part a long-term government internal development scheme. When fully-operational, the plant will be able to produce 15 tonnes of a cement an hour, enough for Togo's domestic needs in the foreseeable future. Cement has also a potential for useful export earnings from neighbouring West African states. Traditionally the main stimulus to the country's exports had come from phosphate mining.
In his inauguration speech, Monsieur Mivedor said one of the main objectives of planning and building the new cement works had been to show the industrial cooperation between Africa and Europe. He also praised the French for their financial and technical contributions, and hoped there would be greater contact between Togo and private foreign business sectors in the future. Under its current five-year economic plan, Togo aims to invest more than one billion dollars in the country, with over 360 million dollars of this projected to come from official Foreign sources. The object of the development programme is to boost the country's industrial capacity and create wealth through increased foreign revenue.