As part of his seven-nation African trade tour, outgoing United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young, arrived in the Ivory Coast on Saturday (8 September) -- the third day of his tour.
GV: Aircraft taxiing into Abidjan airport
SV: Officials walking forward.
CU PAN: U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, preceded by his wife, Jean descends from aircraft and wife is presented with flowers, during greeting.
SV: Mr. and Mrs. Young with son walk from aircraft.
SV: Drummers welcoming visitors.
SV PAN FROM: Young family TO Ivory Coast Minister of Finance and Economy, Abdoulaye Kone
GV AND CU: Presidential palace with Ivory Coast flag flying (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR PAN FROM: Ambassador Young and his aides taking seats TO Ivory Coast Minister of State, August Denise.
CU: Young and his aides seated at conference table.
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Background: As part of his seven-nation African trade tour, outgoing United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young, arrived in the Ivory Coast on Saturday (8 September) -- the third day of his tour. With him, he brought a forty-four man delegation of U.S. Businessmen, in an attempt to stimulate trade links between the Ivory Coast and the U.S.
SYNOPSIS: The American trade delegation flew in to Abidjan airport to a full ministerial welcome on Saturday.
Heading the U.S. party was Andrew Young, carrying out what is expected to be his last mission for the Carter administration following his resignation as America's United nations Ambassador last month. With him, were his wife, Jean, and son, Andrew Junior -- who received a traditional Ivory Coast welcome of flowers and drums.
The Young family was also welcomed by the Ivory Coast Minister of Finance and Economy, Mr. Abdoulaye Kone. Mr. Kone is a key man in the American delegation's visit to the Ivory Coast, since the country's U.S. imports are currently far below its exports. This is mirrored throughout Africa, where exports to America are three time higher than imports as a whole. It is this imbalance which Mr. Young hopes the trade delegation will change during its seven-nation tour.