The importance of improving communications in Africa was emphasised to delegates of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa, which began meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Monday (26 February).
GV EXT Conference hall
SV Delegates up steps
SV INT Major Selormey takes his seat
CU Major Selormey
CU Mr. Mayne
SV (RIGHT TO LEFT) Mr. Mayne, Major Selormey & Mr. Aggrey speaking
CU Congo delegation
CU Cameroon delegate
CU Mr. Aggrey speaking
CU Delegates from Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger & Senegal seated (6 shots)
SV Major Selormey speaking
SV Togo delegates listen
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Background: The importance of improving communications in Africa was emphasised to delegates of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa, which began meeting in Accra, Ghana, on Monday (26 February). Opening the five-day conference, Ghana's Commissioner for Transport and Communications Major Anthony Selormey, said Rhodesia's recent closure of the border with Zambia should warn Africa of the vulnerability of communications.
Major Selormey said the conference was 'of the utmost significance' considering the Rhodesian action. He said it was a matter of the greatest importance to Africa to formulate realistic plans for improving communications networks.
Twelve countries -- Ghana, Cameroun, The Congo People's Republic, Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Niger, Mauritania, Sierra Leone and Togo -- are attending the conference.
SYNOPSIS: The importance of better communications in Africa was stressed to delegates attending the five-day conference of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa. Twelve countries took part in the talks at Accra, in Ghana.
Ghana's Commissioner for Transport and Communications, Major Anthony Selormey, opened the conference on Monday and emphasised to delegates the importance of communications in view of Rhodesia's recent closure of the border with Zambia.
Participants were welcomed to the conference by Mr. P.O. Aggrey, General Manager of Ghana's Port Authority. He said it was hoped that land-locked African countries could eventually join the ports group as associate members.
At the official opening by Major Selormey, delegates were told the conference had come at a time of utmost significance. He said Rhodesia's attempted economic blockade of Zambia was concrete evidence of the urgent need to overcome weak links in communications networks. The Africans were urged to begin formulating realistic plans for improving transport facilities. Major Selormey said transport problems faced by Africa were almost overbearing and the lack of mobility was hampering development.
Major Selormey said transport was more important at a domestic level than at the international level.