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G20 Compact: Germany pledges €243 billion for Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week met 11 African heads of state, international organizations and corporate leaders to promote a program launched last year to encourage private investment in Africa. The G20 Compact with Africa was open to all African countries but so far only 11 have joined: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, […]

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Côte d’Ivoire-local elections: Ouattara’s ruling coalition wins Majority

With 92 mayors and 18 regional councilors, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling alliance won a majority in local elections that were contested by its former coalition ally Henri Konan Bédié. The PDCI, led by Henri Konan Bédié, alleged electoral fraud and filed appeals before the country’s Supreme Court, challenging the results in several constituencies. Violence […]

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West Africa: BOAD to invest 50 billion FCFA in climate projects

The West African Development Bank (BOAD) has pledged to invest about 50 billion CFA francs to support climate projects in the region. The information was disclosed by the Head of the Climate Finance Division at BOAD, Ibrahima Traoré. The financial institution is mobilizing 45 billion CFA francs to finance any structuring project, public or private, […]

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“Evaluating for greater impact of the Africa 2063 Development Agenda”

The Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) of the African Development Bank opened its biennial Development Evaluation Week on Thursday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The two-day event focuses on the contribution evaluation can make to achieving greater development impact through learning from the past. “Learning constructively from past successes, the Bank considers mistakes and experiences critical building […]

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Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea to resolve border dispute peacefully

Côte d’Ivoire will seek to resolve peacefully a border dispute with Guinea that has seen an Ivorian village occupied by Guinean soldiers. The border dispute has fueled tensions between the two West African nations for decades. Consultations to agree on the delimitation of the disputed border inherited from the colonial era, has started in Man, […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Speaker of Parliament mulls presidential ambition

Côte d’Ivoire’s National Council of the Union of Soroists has called on Speaker of Parliament, Guillaume Soro, to run as a candidate for the country’s 2020 elections. Soro led the Patriotic Movement of Côte d’Ivoire (MPCI) in a September 2002 rebellion against then President Gbagbo that triggered the Ivorian Civil War. Soro was also leader […]

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WAEMU: Economic activity remains strong

Economic activity remains strong in West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) as countries of the regional bloc maintain their growth momentum. Forecasts predict a GDP growth of 6.8% for 2018, an improvement in compliance with the convergence criteria. Members of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, also known by its French acronym, UEMOA, […]

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Côte d’Ivoire to build its first biomass power station from cocoa waste

Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s top cocoa producer plans to build a 60 to 70 megawatts (MW) capacity biomass power generation plant running on waste from cocoa pods. The project is part of the West African nation’s aim to develop 424 MW of biomass power generation capacity by 2030. The country produces around 2 million tons […]

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Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire to agree on cocoa export volumes from next year

Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire will jointly decide on the volume and timing of cocoa exports by August for the 2019/20 season, the head of Ghana’s Cocobod said on Wednesday. The world’s top two producers of cocoa have agreed to harmonize the forward sales of cocoa export contracts, a statement released by Ghana Cocobod and its […]

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I’m free to run again in 2020—Côte d’Ivoire’s Ouattara

President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire said he is free to stand for a third term in the 2020 presidential election under the country’s new constitution. Ouattara, 76, made the statement in an interview with French magazine Jeune Afrique. “The new constitution authorizes me to serve two terms starting in 2020,” Ouatara said, adding that […]

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