The AfDB Strengthens Its 2013-2017 Assistance Strategy for Côte d’Ivoire

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The African Development Bank Group, the Government of Côte d’Ivoire as well as stakeholders are engaged in a dialogue, to address the country’s structural development, following the normalization of the socio-political life and the drive of the economic recovery, supported by the National Development Plan (NDP).

In a bid to prepare the Bank’s 2013-2017 assistance strategy for Côte d’Ivoire, in coordination with other technical and financial partners in the country, a Bank mission was hosted by Government officials in Abidjan, from April 22 to May 3, 2013. The meeting also sought to further strengthen cooperation between the Bank and the West African country.

The mission, led by Ferdinand Bakoup, Lead Economist in the AfDB’s Operations Department West Region (ORWA), had fruitful working sessions with senior administration officials, representatives of the private sector, civil society and development partners. These discussions helped to define the two pillars of the Bank’s upcoming operations in Côte d’Ivoire, which are support for production and governance with focus on inclusive growth and as well as private sector.

To conclude discussions, the mission and Ivorian officials signed an aide mémoire in the presence of Ali Lamine Zeine, Official Representative of the AfDB in Abidjan (ROSA).

The Bank’s operations in Côte d’Ivoire during 2011-2012 focused on the restoration of infrastructure that was damaged by conflict, the rehabilitation of basic social services, improving governance and capacity building.

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