President Leopold Senghor of Senegal has opened a huge meteorological complex near Dakar....one of a?
GV President Senghor arrives for conference
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SV Senghor speaks to conference
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SV President and party in operations room
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Background: President Leopold Senghor of Senegal has opened a huge meteorological complex near Dakar....one of a several around the world which help man better understand his environment. The complex was built with aid from the United States, France, West Germany and the United Kingdom at a cost of 72 billion CFA (about 300 million dollars). It's beginnings stretch back to 1961 when President John Kennedy suggested to the United Nations that weather prediction could help fight many natural disasters. The Dakar station is the latest in a string around the world.
In a speech at the opening, President Senghor said that 500 technicians had worked to bring the project to completion. Although only ten came from Senegal, he felt sure that even that modest contribution was useful. Construction was carried out by a local company. President Senghor said Dakar had been chosen as the site of the latest station because of its atmospheric conditions. Studies undertaken there and data collected will be useful in predicting natural disasters such as floods and cyclones which affect the tropical regions of the world.
Phase two of the project will start in 1977. This will enable better forecasting for Senegal itself.