Ivory Coast Government News: Week of March 4-9

Ivory Coast Government News: March 4-9 in Review
Recap of important government news in Ivory Coast for March 4-9, 2024: trade with Turkey, International Women's Day, education initiatives, and more.

The week of March 4-9, 2024, was a significant one for the Ivory Coast, with numerous events and announcements shaping the nation's trajectory. Here's a recap of the key government news stories.

Ivory Coast and Turkey: Strengthening trade ties

Numan Kurtulmus, President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, met with President Alassane Ouattara of the Ivory Coast to discuss bolstering trade between the two nations. The leaders outlined a goal to increase trade volume from its current level of approximately $600 million.  This signals a commitment by both countries to foster greater economic cooperation within the framework of government news in Ivory Coast.

International Women's Day in Ivory Coast

International Women's Day (IWD) was celebrated on March 8th.  On this occasion,  Epiphane Zoro Ballo, President of the High Authority for Good Governance, emphasized the importance of collective action to secure women's rights and promote their empowerment. This echoed similar government news about IWD from across the globe.

Ivory Coast government news: Focus on agriculture

Liberian President Joseph Boakai toured the National Center for Agricultural Research (CNRA) in Abidjan.  He expressed interest in strengthening collaboration between Ivorian and Liberian researchers in a bid to enhance his country's agricultural sector.  Additionally, Queen Mathilde of Belgium visited a cocoa plantation, focusing on Sustainable Development Goals in this critical industry for the Ivory Coast.

Education initiatives in Ivory Coast government news

Several government initiatives centered on education this past week.  These included:

  • Minister Adama Diawara overseeing the first "student and business days",  creating a platform for dialogue between higher education and the private sector.
  • The launch of a campaign to encourage girls to pursue careers in industrial professions.
  • The awarding of scholarships to top mathematics and physics students at Félix Houphouët-Boigny University.

Other highlights in Ivory Coast government news

  • Announcement of a major hydrocarbon discovery on the C1-205 oil block.
  • The launch of the Bibliobox project,  promoting literacy among 125,000 young Ivorians
  • Updates on Universal Health Coverage (CMU) enrollment and card distribution.
  • A call for citizen participation in the General Census of Enterprises and Establishments.

Looking Ahead

The diverse news from this past week underscores the Ivorian government's multifaceted focus on trade, social progress, agriculture, education, and economic development.  The initiatives launched and partnerships fostered point towards a future of continued growth and advancement for the nation.

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