INTRODUCTION: Ministers of Transport and Communications from countries belonging to Organisation of African Unity (OAU), met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday (17 March).
GV Africa Hall in Addis Ababa
GV Pan INTERIOR Delegates seated
CU PAN Delegates
CU Moroccan and Mauritanian delegates(2 shots)1.05
CU Kenyan Minister of Transport and Communication speaking in English PAN TO listening delegates
CU, SV Delegates seated listening (4 shots)
CU Algerian Minister of Transport Salah Goudjil speaking in French
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KOSGEY (SEQ 5): "I think that the importance of the transport and communications sector in shipping our mutual contemporary wealth in, is appreciated by all of us. Routes, railways, air transports, harbours and telecommunications system, which are the components of this sector provide the link upon which the basic and substance of our African Unity is founded."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Ministers of Transport and Communications from countries belonging to Organisation of African Unity (OAU), met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday (17 March). It was their second such conference.
SYNOPSIS: The conference, devoted to the development and expansion of African transport and communications, opened in Africa Hall. Ministers from most of the OAU member countries were present.
The Assistant Secretary of the Provisional Military Administrative Council of Ethiopia, Mr. Fisseha Desta, delivered the opening address. He said the development of communications was vital for all African countries, to open the vast opportunities for intensified economic cooperation, to increase the trade flow and to strengthen cultural relations.
Mr. Desta stressed that only by the creation of Intra-African communication could joint development projects and cooperation be achieved. Such an accomplishment, he said, would also contribute towards eliminating foreign exploitation and influences and provide support for liberation movements.
Then it was the turn of the Kenyan Minister for Transport and Communication, Mr. Henry Kosgey.
The Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union, (ITU), gave a comprehensive report on his organisation and its particular involvement in Africa's specific projects.
The Algerian Minister of Transport and Communication, M. Salah Goudjil, then spoke about the so-called Lagos Plan of Action for the future. He said the strategy and objectives set out by the experts must be met to permit African countries to interconnect their networks.
M. Goudjil said that only after the networks had been organised could African countries hope to proceed towards the political free-will expressed by the Lagos Plan with its aimed for economic independence.