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It emphasises too that in considering the establishment of an industrial complex in Ghana we are concerned not with the typical but with the highly unusual: indeed it is almost the only example of its kind. The unusual and exceptional nature of the case is further underlined by the scale of the finance involved—£G70 million for the Volta River Authority's concerns, with a further £G60-70 million for VALCO's operations in erecting and commissioning an aluminium smelter at Tema. The Establishment of an Industrial Complex UPPER VOLTA -•r'*·-?

56 African Development and Europe To round off this case study, it may be interesting to enlarge on the brief reference I made earlier to the Dunlop Plantation scheme in Nigeria, which began towards the end of 1955 when Dunlop leased 21,000 acres of virgin jungle in the Eastern Region of Nigeria. Today it is a developed community of around 4000 people producing rubber for Nigeria and with a smallholders scheme run in conjunction with the Government. To give you some idea of what had to be done to bring this about, it should be understood that to begin with no normal services were available.

W. STEEL is the basic occupation of the vast majority of the peoples of Africa and is likely to remain the main source of the food supply and the chief producer of commodities for export for the forseeable future in nearly every part of the continent. Its importance as the basis of rural development and the need for an African agricultural revolution have rightly been stressed through the establishment of the Commission on Rural Development and through the first discussions arranged for the Seminar.

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