The festivities were attended by five African presidents who included Faustin Archange Touadera of Central African Republic, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, Hage Geingob of Namibia, Alpha Conde of Guinea and Patrice Talon of Benin.
Congolese citizens from different political and religious groups, coming from the country’s 12 regions, took part in the ceremony whose theme was “national unity.”
In 2004, the Congolese government launched a major infrastructure construction program in various parts of the country to prepare for the independence festivities.
The government mobilized 680 million U.S. dollars to modernize Bouenza region, which is the latest beneficiary of the first phase of the said program.
The money was spent on completion of projects linked to the independence festivities as well as to the region’s socio-economic development.
A former French colony, the Republic of Congo got its independence in a non-violent manner on Aug. 15, 1960. The country has a land surface area measuring 342,000 square kilometers and a population of 4.5 million people. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana