The Eighth "Partners for Progress" Import Fair opened in West Berlin toady (Tuesday) with 532 companies from 50 countries taking part.
LV INT Trade fair
MV West Berlin's Mayor Schuetz tours exhibits.
MV Schuetz presented saki by Japanese girl.
CU Sign Hong Kong
SV Leaflets on stand TILT UP TO representatives
SV & CU Carved figures on stand (2 shots)
MV Schuetz at Madagascar stand
STV TILT UP TO MV Stand
GV Indonesian stand
SV & CU Exhibits (2 shots)
SV Sign Philippines
MV People look at exhibits on above stand
SV Sign India.
MV Indian stand TILT DOWN TO exhibits (2 shots)
SV Sign Chile
SCU Sign Pakistan
CU Exhibits TILT UP TO SLV Ditto.
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Background: The Eighth "Partners for Progress" Import Fair opened in West Berlin toady (Tuesday) with 532 companies from 50 countries taking part.
The fair was opened by West Berlin's governing Mayor Klaus Schuetz. This year Japan took part for the first time, and during his tour of the fair, Herr Schuetz stopped at the Japanese stand for a celebratory drink of saki.
During the opening ceremony, West Germany's State Secretary to the Economics Ministry, Dr. Rohwedder, added a serious note to the occasion by warning that developing countries and the man in the street would be the main sufferers in any trade war between the U.S., the European Common Market and Japan.
Appealing for greater liberalisation of trade, Dr. Rohwedder referred to African nations with special associations with the Common Market, and pointed out that criticism of this from other nations showed that extra efforts must be made to present free trade being sacrificed on the altar of regional groupings and special agreements.
Dr. Rohwedder estimated that a drop in customs duty alone would bring West Germany's trade volume with developing countries to the 1,000 million dollar (400 million sterling) mark.
Because of the success of previous West berlin import fairs, many countries have intensified their participation. This year important organisational changes were made to streamline the fair, cutting down the duration from ten to seven days, and making the first three days exclusively available for visiting buyers.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) West German President Gustave Heinemann will pay an official visit to the fair.