The establishment of a Union of African Railways is the aim of a conference of railway officials which began in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday (18 September).
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Background: The establishment of a Union of African Railways is the aim of a conference of railway officials which began in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday (18 September).
A draft constitution before the meeting stated that such a Union would seek to standardise, expand, co-ordinate and improve Africa's railways.
Top railway officials from member states of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) are taking part.
The move to set up a Union of African Railways followed a visit by African railway officials to West Berlin in 1970 to attend a seminar on modern railway operation organised by the German Foundation for Developing Countries.
Ethiopia's Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Posts, Mr. Endalkachew Makonnen, official opened the conference in Addis Ababa.
SYNOPSIS: A conference began in Africa Hall in Addis Ababa on Monday with the aim of setting up a Union of African Railways. Top railway officials from member states of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa are taking part.
They were welcomed by the Ethiopian Communications Minister, Mr. Endalkachew Makonnen, who officially opened the conference.
A draft constitution before the conference stated that the proposed railways union would seek to standardise African railways and expand, co-ordinate and improve rail services.
Its aim would be to link African nations with a railway network to promote trade. The German Foundation for Developing Countries helped to organise the conference after African railway officials attended a rail seminar in West Berlin.
Delegates heard the Ethiopian Communications Minister say that communication was perhaps the most vital field in which African co-operation was urgently needed.
Mr. Makonnan said African countries had to overcome the obstacle of a colonial past which left them with a minimum of contact with each other. He said communication must be given priority in order to help economic development and African trade.