Ivory Coast

Abidjan (AFP) More than 80 African and European leaders will gather in the Ivory Coast on Wednesday to promote jobs and stability for Africa’s exploding population, with some calling for a new “Marshall Plan.” The two-day summit in Abidjan opens as the European Union increasingly sees its fate linked to Africa’s following the twin shocks of unprecedented migration and terrorist attacks. It comes as China, India, Japan, the Gulf Arab states and others also compete for influence on a continent where the 28-nation EU remains as a whole the biggestRead More
Abidjan (AFP) Libya agreed Wednesday with key EU and African leaders to allow migrants facing abuse in detention camps to be evacuated within days or weeks, mostly to their home countries, French President Emmanuel Macron said. The decision was taken after Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara called for “all urgent measures” to end slave trading and other migrant abuses in Libya at an EU-Africa summit in Abidjan. The leaders of Libya, France, Germany, Chad, Niger and four other countries “decided on an extreme emergency operation to evacuate from Libya thoseRead More
Abidjan (AFP) Libya agreed Wednesday with EU and African leaders to allow migrants facing abuse in detention camps to be evacuated within days or weeks, French President Emmanuel Macron said. The decision was taken after Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara called for “all urgent measures” to end slave trading and other migrant abuses in Libya at an EU-Africa summit in Abidjan. The leaders of Libya, France, Germany, Chad, Niger and other countries “decided on an extreme emergency operation to evacuate from Libya those who want to be,” Macron told reportersRead More
Abidjan (AFP) Survivors of slave auctions in Libya have described a “total hell” that they wouldn’t wish on their “worst enemy” as global outrage grows over footage showing migrants being sold off in the war-torn country. “We were slaves,” said Moussa Sanogo, a migrant who flew back to Ivory Coast from Libya this week after surviving regular beatings and forced labour in the fields. “For the Arabs (Libyan jailers), black-skinned men are nothing but animals — animals were treated better,” said Sanogo, who spent more than four months in LibyaRead More
Abidjan (AFP) Two tusks and 46 elephant tails have been seized in Ivory Coast, activists said Tuesday, adding that a customs officer acting as an accomplice to traffickers was among four arrested. “Two impressive tusks of 1.6 metres each” were seized by a specialist unit from the Ivorian police force assisted by agents from the ministry for water and forests, nature activist group Eagle said in a press release. Officers discovered 46 elephant tails, “a figure that… testifies to the extent of the massacre”, added Eagle, an NGO specialising inRead More
Abidjan (AFP) Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha will make his long-awaited debut for Ivory Coast in a do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Morocco on November 11. The 24-year-old has never played for the African nation which he left with his family when he was just four. However, Zaha will need to hit the ground running as Ivory Coast have to defeat Morocco in the final qualifying game to ensure a fourth successive World Cup appearance after making the finals in 2006, 2010 and 2014. “The Elephants” trail Morocco by twoRead More
Abidjan (AFP) President Alassane Ouattara on Thursday inaugurated a huge Chinese-funded dam in southern Ivory Coast designed to boost the country’s power capacity by nearly 14 percent. The four-turbine, four-kilometre (2.5-mile) -long Soubre dam is expected to add 275 megawatts of power to the network’s present annual supply of 2,000 MW, said Amidou Traore, managing director of the electricity firm CI-Energie. China has provided 85 percent of its cost, estimated at 331 billion CFA francs (500 million euros, $583 million). Construction began in 2013, and the first turbine went onlineRead More
Abidjan (AFP) Like the plot in an old-fashioned movie, cinemas in Africa are making a third-reel comeback after years of worrying decline. In many countries south of the Sahara, digital technology, strong investment and modern theatres are bringing about a major revival of movie-going, ending years of cinema closures. But this good news for film-lovers also comes with a drawback: the new cinema complexes tend to give precedence to Hollywood blockbusters rather than films made by African directors. In the 1980s, a wave of cinema closures began to unfurl acrossRead More
Abidjan (AFP) For 17 of her 20 years, Flora Doume has hidden from the world. Now she nervously waits for the operation to repair her ravaged face, restoring her hope for a normal life. She was three years old when she became a victim of noma — a vicious gangrenous disease that starts with tiny ulcers around the mouth and then spreads, often devouring lips, flesh and muscle. In Flora’s case, a growth covered her eye, then spread to the left-hand side of her face, forcing her to hide fromRead More
Abidjan (AFP) Africa must double its spending on infrastructure over the coming years, the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) said on Thursday, warning that overall investment in transport, energy, water and IT/communications fell back last year. In 2016, total investment in these four sectors — from public and private sources and international institutions — was $62.5 billion (52.82 billion euros), compared with $78.9 billion in 2015, it said. “A spending requirement of around $120bn-$140bn (at 2015 dollar rates) (is needed) in the short-term,” said the report, entitled Infrastructure Financing inRead More