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Trade, Insurance, Banking - Expo Brussels 1958

Trade, Insurance, Banking at the Exhibition Expo Brussels 1958
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Architect(s) : M. Spinnael et J. Stiénon

Insurance, banking and trade were at the root of the profound changes that had taken place in the Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi over the past half-century.

Banking, by promoting commercial relations and the development of trade between Europeans and Africans, has made it possible to gradually introduce well-being into the lives of the indigenous populations.

The Congo is also in solidarity with the whole world thanks to the insurance system. In the main entrance hall, a photograph summarised the work accomplished by these three institutions, while a decorative panel symbolising the ancient Belgian Congo was displayed opposite.

In the rotunda, a fresco drew a parallel between the comfort brought by the trade to Europeans and Congolese in 1908, 1938 and the present day.

The indigenous market in the pavilion would certainly have amused you by its picturesque and colourful appearance.

About one hundred and seventy characters, small robots of 40 cm high, moved around and recreated in a dazzlingly realistic setting a particularly typical aspect of Congolese life.

© Guide Officiel Exposition Universelle de Bruxelles 1958 - Desclée & Co