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Côte d’Ivoire, Your Holiday in Paradise Awaits….

Côte d’Ivoire has a centuries-long history of extending its warm welcome to visitors from across the globe.  Expect to be pleasantly surprised by a cuisine that is as diverse as it is tasty, and a nation with a wide variety of vacation experiences to choose from.  You may wish to explore historical sites or enjoy the rich cultural traditions for which Côte d’Ivoire is famous.  However, you will be equally delighted to discover miles of white sand beaches, virgin mangrove forests, and lush mountains.   Why not plan your next holiday in beautiful Côte d’Ivoire?

Côte d’Ivoire’s Magnificent Cuisine

The Economic and Trade Office taping a series of clips on Côte d'Ivoire's cuisine with the team of Good Morning Africa.

The Economic and Trade Office taping a series of clips on Côte d’Ivoire’s cuisine with the team of Good Morning Africa.

We were delighted this week to be able to share a small part of Côte d’Ivoire’s vast cuisine with over 250 million viewers in 49 countries via Good Morning Africa.  Obviously, a nation’s cuisine cannot be captured in its entirety in six eight-minute clips.  However, this was a terrific way to build awareness of the many terrific flavours of Ivorian cuisine, which is as healthy and easy to prepare as it is tasty.

As the episodes air on African Magic, you can look forward to learning how to prepare dishes from across Côte d’Ivoire, including:

  • Sauce Arachide au Dah avec Tô (Peanut Sauce with Greens and West African Pap)
  • Carpe et Poulet Braisé à la Ivoirienne (Ivorian Grilled Fish and Chicken)
  • Kedjenou de Poulet (Chicken Kedjenou)
  • Sauce Gouagouassou (Mixed Sauce of Okra and Eggplant)
  • Biékôsseu de Poisson (Fish Biékôsseu)

For the Love of Chocolate

Find out more about Adrien Kouadio, a Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa farmer from Côte d’Ivoire, who has had the privilege of traveling to the UK to follow his beans on their journey from farm to supermarket!

Port of San Pedro, Côte d’Ivoire to Host SINPORT 2014

Dockers at the Port of San Pedro, Côte d'Ivoire

Dockers at the Port of San Pedro, Côte d’Ivoire

SINPORT 2014 will be the biggest economic event of the year in San Pedro, Côte d’Ivoire, home of the world’s largest cocoa port. This conference, which will take place from May 7 to 9, 2014, will gather leaders in business and government with the shared objective of transforming the region’s economy and the port’s role.

Although the port of San Pedro is famed for its exports of coffee and cocoa, it also sits in a mineral rich region, whose mines are booming.  As a result, San Pedro is fast becoming the most important mineral export point in the sub-region, serving not only Côte d’Ivoire, but also neighbouring Liberia, Mali and Guinea.

Due to ample road and rail connections, linking the port with key population and mining centres, the Port of San Pedro is the most cost-effective point of entry for goods and services destined for the mining companies and the region’s population.  As such, it has become a significant distribution centre serving western Côte d’Ivoire and its neighbours.

Port of San Pedro, Côte d'Ivoire

Port of San Pedro, Côte d’Ivoire

As the regional economy gathers steam, its energy needs are increasing.  To support this demand, PETROCI, the Autonomous Port of San Pedro, and its partners, are investing US$60,000,000 to develop a state-of-the-art refined fuel terminal at the port.

At SINPORT 2014, participants will gain a clear understanding of plans for the port’s future.  The conference will also provide ample opportunities to network with the leaders driving San Pedro’s transformation and the 300 exhibitors, all of whom are actively involved in the port and its associated services.  Participants will have the inside track on opportunities to capitalise on the exciting economic prospects developing in and around the Port of San Pedro.

The Port of San Pedro was inaugurated by Côte d’Ivoire’s founding father, President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on December 4, 1972.  Since 1972, traffic at the port has grown exponentially.  In 2013, the Port of San Pedro received 533 ships, carrying 4.32 million tonnes of goods.  In addition, coffee and cocoa shipments reached 690,518 tonnes.

For more information, visit:  SINPORT 2014.

Côte d’Ivoire, Gateway to West Africa

Fruit & Vegetable Processing Panel, Invest Côte d’Ivoire 2014

Fruit & Vegetable Processing Panel, Invest Côte d'Ivoire 2014

Standard Bank’s Hervé Boyer participated in a panel on the exciting opportunities in fruit and vegetable processing in Côte d’Ivoire. For more information on our 20+ year history of successful exports and the opportunities, please click the photo.

FIBA Africa Congress holds March 3-7 in Abidjan

Exciting to note that the FIBA Africa Congress has chosen Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire as the location for their next Congress. This event will give a terrific boost to Ivorian basketball!

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FIBA Africa Congress holds March 3-7 in Abidjan

FIBA Africa Congress to kick-start activities of the Africa Basketball Ruling body is schedule for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from March 3rd through 7th.

Activities of the 5th Congress will begin with an Executive Committee meeting slated for March 3rd followed by meeting of Presidents from the seven FIBA Africa Zones on March 5th.

The meeting will be rounded off with the Central Board Meeting on March 6th and 7th, 2014.

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South Africa’s Megatron Federal to Build 3,000 New Homes & Expanded Polystyrene Panel Factory in Côte d’Ivoire

SICOGIs Loukimane Camara and Megatron Federals Nick Mitchell celebrate the signing of the MoU.

SICOGIs Loukimane Camara and Megatron Federals Nick Mitchell celebrate the signing of the MoU.

On January 24th, Mr. Loukimane Camara, CEO of Côte d’Ivoire’s Société Ivoirienne de Construction et de Gestion Immobilièr (SICOGI), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mr. Ryan Otto, CEO of South Africa’s Megatron Federal, for the construction of 3,000 homes and an expanded polystyrene panel factory in Côte d’Ivoire by the end of 2015. As a leading company in infrastructure and real estate development in sub-saharan Africa, Megatron Federal will apply its innovative construction technology to building high quality homes in Côte d’Ivoire at affordable prices. Under terms of the MoU, Megatron Federal is committed to use local subcontractors and labor wherever possible, a process that will also transfer technology and skills, while creating 20,000 new jobs in the construction industry.

This partnership, which was concluded with support from Côte d’Ivoire’s Economic and Trade Office in Johannesburg, puts Côte d’Ivoire one step closer to reducing its severe housing shortage. Côte d’Ivoire’s Economic and Trade Representative, Mr. Patrice Mallet, says “Megatron’s turkey solution will help more Ivorians become homeowners, providing comfortable homes that are well-suited to Côte d’Ivoire’s tropical climate.”

Expanded Polystyrene, the material that will be used in the homes Megatron Federal plans to build in Côte d’Ivoire, is a new construction material which is light, yet extremely strong and moisture resistant. It is now internationally recognised as an advanced alternative to traditional construction materials.

SICOGI, the Ivorian partner, has been planning Côte d’Ivoire’s urban landscape and building homes domestically since 1962. As a government entity, SICOGI benefits from the full backing and support of the Ivorian state. However, its CEO and staff are empowered to operate with the flexibility and efficiency of a private firm, which has made SICOGI Côte d’Ivoire’s leading home builder.

Megatron Federal, a South African company, headquartered in Johannesburg, has been in business for over 15 years. They have completed projects in over 20 African countries and operate 10 factories in Kempton Park, Johannesburg. Megatron Federal’s four divisions focusing on housing, power, telecoms, and water allow it to provide clients with seamless turnkey solutions. Megatron Federal owned by Ellies Holding Ltd, a publicly listed company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), which was the JSE’s top performing share in 2012.

Invest Côte d’Ivoire 2014, Abidjan

Invest Côte d'Ivoire 2014, Abidjan

Invest Côte d’Ivoire 2014 got underway at Abidjan’s iconic Hôtel Ivoire yesterday. With 3,000 attendees from 113 countries, it promises to be a spectacular re-launch of the nation’s economy. Côte d’Ivoire is certainly open for business!