Cote d'Ivoire launches fair (Saturday May 22, 2010 pg 6)

President Laurent Gbagbo

The Cote d’Ivoire Embassy in Accra has launched an Industrial Trade Fair to pave way for preparations to mark the Golden Jubilee celebration of the country in Ghana.

The fair, among other objectives is expected to nurture partnerships between the two countries as a means of boosting trade and also promote the Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire Co-operation with the view of improving the quality and the competitiveness of cocoa production and marketing.

The Fair which is on theme: “Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana working together
towards a sustainable Cocoa economy, ” will be held from August 21 to
September 1, 2010.

The Embassy is also organising a workshop for the business community
in Ghana on the investment opportunities in Cote d’Ivoire Launching the Fair, the Ivorian Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Emmanuel Auguste Ackah, stated that the choice of Ghana “ is an eloquent expression of the strong desire of the Ivorian government to strengthen and deepen the bonds of friendship and brotherliness which happily exist between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.”

He said the instrumental role the two countries play in producing 60 per cent of the world’s cocoa called for measures not only to strengthen their positions but also preserve it.

Mr Ackah said the Ivorian Coffee and Cocoa Marketing Board and their Ghanaian counterpart, the Cocobod, have been tasked to jointly define the content of such a venture which would be a subject of discussion and interaction during a forum involving cocoa producers of the two countries.

He noted that the fair which is being organised within the framework of intra-regional trade meets the sub-regional integration objectives which the leadership of the sub-region continue to champion.

Cote d’Ivoire under the leadership of the late Felix Houphouet-Boigny had independence from France on August 7, 1960 and has been one of the most economically viable countries on the continent.
The country, once known as an “oasis of peeace, stability and
prosperity,” is currently going through a political crisis which has
split the country into two since 2002 with a power-sharing between the
rebel held North and the President Laurent Gbagbo led South.

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