It is just year since Ivory Coast President Felix Houphouet-Boigny laid the first stone in a massive two-billion dollar project to transform 4,000 hectares of open bush country just east of Abidjan into a tourist and residential paradise, to be called the African Riviera.
CU INT. poster advertising Riviera Project with views of the scheme (3 shots) (silent)
GV PAN Buildings under construction (NATSOF starts)
SV PAN Minister of Information & party to construction
SV Minister & party
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SV Men cutting timber on mechanical saw
LV Man with shovel
SV Minister & party at new buildings (2 shots)
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Background: It is just year since Ivory Coast President Felix Houphouet-Boigny laid the first stone in a massive two-billion dollar project to transform 4,000 hectares of open bush country just east of Abidjan into a tourist and residential paradise, to be called the African Riviera.
To mark the anniversary of the ceremony, the Ivorian Minister of Information, M. Edmond Bouazo Zegbehi, visited the site to see the striking progress that has been made in 12 months. With him went J. Goldenberg, of Tai Aviv, one of the three architects responsible for the scheme, and Reuven Cary, local director of the Mafit Trust Corporation, Swiss-based and headed by Astral millionaire Moshe Mayer.
This film, shot by Romain Amegan, has natural sound of building activity.
SYNOPSIS: It is just a year since President Houphouet-Boigny laid the stone that marked the beginning of the Ivory Coast's massive two-billion dollar development project, the African Riviera. And already the planned tourist and residential paradise is taking shape in the bush country east of Abidjan.
Ivorian Minister of Information Edmond Bouazo Zegbehi toured the site last week with Israeli architect J. Goldenberg and Reuven Cary, local director of the Swiss-based Mafit Trust Corporation which is handling the huge development project.
President Houphouet-Boigny invited Israeli millionaire Moshe Mayer to undertake the project, after staying in the Ducor Hotel which Mr Mayer's corporation had built in Monrovia. The first fruits of Mr Mayer's association with the Ivory Coast can already be seen in the luxurious Hotel Ivoire; it's the largest hotel in Africa, but it is dwarfed by the Riviera project. The master-plan envisages an international trade and conference-centre and a garden-city for 120,000 people, surrounded by tourist hotels, and set in a spacious area of pleasure-parks including a championship golf course. The project will take at least 15 years to complete.
But already the apartment-blocks of the African Riviera are taking shape. Some of the first residents will be the Government's foreign technical assistants. Until now they've been lodged in private homes.