President Albert Bongo of Gabon joined his host, Ivorian President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, at the presentation of diplomas to 70 students graduating from two civil service colleges in Abidjan on Monday (5 July).
GV Ivory Coast Hotel
SV Gabon & Ivorian flags flying
SV Tribal drummers and dancers (2 shots)
SV & CU Presidents Houphouet-Boigny & Bongo out of car and greeted (2 shots)
SV INT Presidents take positions
GV Graduates with flag
MV Bongo PAN TO Houphouet-Boigny paying respects
CU TILT DOWN Photograph of Maire Kore
MV Major Sabraka Bra addressing gathering
GV PAN Audience
SV Outgoing graduates
MV Houphouet-Boigny speaking & SV Audience applaud
SV Houphouet-Boigny gives student diploma
SCU Audience applauds MV Bongo presents diploma
MV Bongo presents diploma
GV Flag handing-over ceremony PAN DOWN TO Presidents applauding
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Background: President Albert Bongo of Gabon joined his host, Ivorian President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, at the presentation of diplomas to 70 students graduating from two civil service colleges in Abidjan on Monday (5 July). The students had asked President Bongo to be their patron because they saw in him living proof of the qualities of the new African leadership. The previous day, President Bongo had supported President Houphouet-Boigny in his call for a dialogue between black African states and South Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The President of Gabon, Albert Bongo, spent a few days in the Ivory Coast this week on a private visit. He came to take part in the annual presentation of diplomas at the two civil service colleges in Abidjan last Monday. 70 students graduated this year, and the occasion was a mixture of traditional celebrations and political discussions.
President Bongo also spent several hours in discussions with the Ivorian President, Houphouet-Boigny, who was also present at the graduation ceremony.
The aim of the civil service colleges is to produce enough officials capable of running the government organisms, and who have been conscious of the difficulties of government during their education,. The Minister of Public Services said that this occasion was always a moving moment, for the country's young people swear to serve their country with faith, and honesty. And a delegate of the graduates answered that the young people were proud of the faith the government had in them.
President Houphouet-Boigny is close to President Bongo in their politics--Gabon was one of the five African states to support President Houphouet-Boigny at the Organisation for African Unity summit conference in Addis Abba last month, when President Houphouet-Boigny repeated his call for a "peaceful dialogue" with South Africa. This was emphasised by the Minister of Public Works, M. Ehue. He said that the students had asked for President Bongo to be their patron because they saw in him "a proof of their vitality and the maturity of the young African elite."