BUSINESS ABROAD: Volts from the Volta

The steamy banks of Ghana's crocodile-infested Volta River seemed an unlikely place to make a major test of Western investment faith and prospects in the new, fiercely nationalist countries of Africa, but so it was. Meeting in Accra, President Nkrumah's Ghana government and a consortium of aluminum companies headed by U.S. Aluminum Maker Edgar Kaiser signed a historic agreement. Under the deal, Kaiser will raise $178 million to build an aluminum smelter. Ghana will supply the power by building a $168 million dam on the Volta River. "It could mean to Ghana...

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