In the People's Republic of the Congo, Brazzavills's SIAP-Congo copy book factory is in full production, preparing for the new school year which begins on October lat.
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Background: In the People's Republic of the Congo, Brazzavills's SIAP-Congo copy book factory is in full production, preparing for the new school year which begins on October lat.
The nationally-owned factory opened in 1063, with an initial production of close to 700,000 copy books a year. By 1972, this had steadily increased to 2,500,000 copies. This year, the factory plans an even higher rate of production. taking the total to 2.800,000 with an additional 800,000 best again next year, to eater for anticipated expert orders.
At the moment, 95 per cent of the factory's output is for local consumption, with the remainder going to neighbouring Zairs.
Negotiations are under way to expand the export trade into Gabon, the Central African Republic, Chad and Cameroon.
The factory employs 46 people - 11 of them administrators - and locally it is seen as a shining example of how African countries can aucc???fully institute smell-scale industrialisation programmes.
SYNOPSIS: In the People's Republic of the Congo, the Government is experimenting with small scale industry.
One of the more successful development is Siap-Congo, the nationally-owned copy book factory in Brazzaville. The factory now is in full production, preparing for the opening of the new school year on 1 October. This year the plant's forty-six employees will turn-out two million eight hundred thousand books - a pointer to the success of the operation.
The factory opened its doors in 1968, and at that time produced only seven hundred thousand copies a year.
In the four years that followed techniques were improved, m???nisation extended... and production showed almost four hundred per cent increase.
The production quota for next year is higher again - set at around teres million six hundred books. Now, the factory's sights are set on exports.
At present only five per cent of the output leaves the country -- and all of that to neighbouring Zaire. However. export vistas are opening up further.
Negotiations are under way in an attempt to expand the trade to other central. African countries, including Gabon, Chad, the Central African Republic and Cameroon.