Dr. Robert Gardiner, the Ghanaian executive-secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, said?
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: Dr. Gardiner: "Black Africa is more important to Europe and becoming increasingly important to the world economy than Rhodesia or South Africa. Britain's trade with Black Africa 12 months ago was double her trade with South Africa. France's trade with Black Africa in recent years has been 23 times her trade with South Africa. Investment trends are tending more and more to take care of the needs of Black Africa. We are becoming an economic factor. So I cannot understand some of the people who still insist that South Africa and Southern Rhodesia are so valuable to them that they can ignore us altogether. If we continue to exert ourselves in the economic field we will expose, shall I say, the falsity of this kind of approach, and this is why in the economic sense, I would like to emphasise in keeping with the Charter of the United Nations, that to do right we must be strong, and to be strong we must develop our economic capabilities."
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Background: Dr. Robert Gardiner, the Ghanaian executive-secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, said in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday (September 19) that in trading terms Black Africa was more important to Europe and the rest of the world than South Africa.
Dr.Gardiner was giving a lecture at University College, Nairobi, on "25 years of the United Nations and Africa". He quoted figures to show the importance to trade with Black Africa to those countries which also trade with South Africa and Rhodesia.
Mr. Robert Gardner, head of the United Nations economic mission to Africa today addressed a packed gathering at Taifa Hall in University College in Nairobi.