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16 Sep 2013

Productive exchanges in Ivory Coast

Before flying to Burkina Faso, Minister Lisée visited the Autonomous Port of Abidjan and handed out certificates to twenty some employees who passed the port safety training course given by the Institut maritime du Québec (photo Augustin Boka).

Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, was accompanied by more than one hundred individuals from businesses and institutions, civil society and international cooperation organizations as he completed the second part of a mission to Africa on September 12 in Agidjan. During the mission, nine commercial and institutional agreements were signed.

“Our strong start in Senegal continued in Abidjan. These new business and institutional partnerships, which lay the foundations of many future joint projects, prove once again that Québec's expertise is sought after in Africa," stated the Minister.

Strengthening partnerships

Minister Lisée met with Daniel Kablan Duncan, the Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy and Finance. Their discussions concerned the friendly relations enjoyed by Québec and the Ivory Coast and the ways that their political and economic ties can be strengthened, especially in the following areas:

  • green energy cooperation
  • training provided by Québec CEGEPs to Ivorian technicians
  • mining investments

It should be noted that experts predict that the Ivory Coast’s economy will continue to grow at the same rate as it did last year, which was 9%.

In addition to speaking to the Ivorian Prime Minister, Minister Lisée met with Charles Koffi Diby, Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Claude Brou, Minister of Industry and Mines, and Rémi Allah Kouadio, Minister of the Environment, Sanitation and Sustainable Development, among other members of government.

Summary of the 9 agreements (in French only)
Export Québec – Ivory Coast (in French only)

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