A special sub-committee of the E.C.A. -- the Economic Commission for Africa -- met in Addis Ababa on Monday (29 September) to discuss the economic, agricultural and other vital needs of Africa's developing nations.
GV Africa Hall building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
GV Executive Secretary of the ECA, Mr. Adebaye Adedeji speaking in English.
GV PAN Delegates sitting round table as Mr. Adedeji continues speaking.
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Background: A special sub-committee of the E.C.A. -- the Economic Commission for Africa -- met in Addis Ababa on Monday (29 September) to discuss the economic, agricultural and other vital needs of Africa's developing nations. The United Nations commission's main objectives are to improve the standards of living of the mass of African people while reducing unemployment.
SYNOPSIS: The opening address to the meeting in the Ethiopian capital was given by Professor Adebaye Adedeji, Secretary-General of the ECA. He said the priorities for African economies must include food production for domestic needs, industrial development, transport and communications and science and technology.
Referring to Ghana as an example, Professor Adedeji said this West African country should produce its own kinds of food grains to satisfy the needs of its people. If Ghana limited itself to exporting cocoa only, and imported food grains from the money earned, he claimed that country would not be in tune with the ECA policy of self-reliance.
The Professor observed the several African countries have retained the low standard of living they'd acquired at the time of independence. That was because these countries lacked skilled manpower and they had not used the economic plans given them by the ECA.