INTRODUCTION: The Liberian Commerce Minister, William Dennis, and the British Under-Secretary of Trade, Michael Meacher, began the New Year with official visits to the Ivory Coast.
GV EXTERIOR Presidential residence, Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
MV INTERIOR President Houphouet Boigny meets Liberian Trade Minster William Dennis.
MV Dennis hand President Houphouet letter.
MVS Dennis looks on as President reads message. (4 shots)
MV Houphouet meets British Trade Minister, Michael Meacher.
MVS President and Meacher seated talking. (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Liberian Commerce Minister, William Dennis, and the British Under-Secretary of Trade, Michael Meacher, began the New Year with official visits to the Ivory Coast. Both nations hope to establish further commercial and industrial Co-operation with the West African country.
SYNOPSIS: President Felix Houphouet-Boigny held an informal meeting with the Liberian Commerce Minister at his personal residence. Mr. Dennis had arrived on Sunday (2 January) for the talks, carrying a message on behalf of the Liberian President, William Tolbert. In it Mr. Tolbert expressed the wish to expand relations between the two countries. Mr. Dennis was accompanied by Liberian Deputy Information Minster, John McClain, who was on a 10-day visit. During his stay Mr. McClain said the would try to increase bilateral co-operation in the information field.
Mr. Meacher's talks also proved to the fruitful. Britain is to participate in a plan to enlarge and modernise Abidjan's airport and seaport. Several other Ivory Coast projects have been arranged to increase trade between the countries including the expansion of the wood pulp industry, and the construction of a sugar-refining complex. The Ivory Coast bought 37 million pounds (22 million U.S. dollars) worth of good from Britain last year, while Britain purchased in return just over 16 million pounds (nine million U.S. dollars) worth.