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Thursday, 19 October 2017

The European Union plans to invest 27 billion CFA francs in the development of transport and the upkeep of the national road transport network. This was the information given by the EU ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Jean-François Valette, on 21 September 2017, during a ceremony for grants given to the Ministries of Transport and Economic Infrastructure. The ceremony took place at the headquarters of the Office for Road Safety (Oser) in Marcory. The ambassador said the EU intended to reinforce its support for the Ivorian government in the development of transport and the road network.

From September 2017, Mr Jean-Christophe Maurin is the new director of the office of the Agence française de développement (AFD – French Development Agency) in Niger. A doctor in petroleum geophysics and a university professor, Mr Maurin worked for the French Foreign Ministry in Congo and Senegal, then in central administration in charge of higher education and vocational training. He joined the AFD in 2009, becoming head of the Vocational Education and Training division, before moving to Kinshasa in 2013 as director of the AFD in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The AFD is a public financial institution, ‘which implements the policy defined by the French government, acts to combat poverty and promote sustainable development’.

In Zambia, the 2016/17 crop year will end with a 6% drop in sugar production. According to the forecasts of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Zambia will produce about 388,405 tonnes of sugar compared to 411,279 tonnes last year. This slight contraction in volume is due to a deterioration in the quality of sugar cane, as well as a reduction in the quantity of sugar cane transported to refineries, due to energy restrictions which have impacted on irrigation, and to the drought which affected the growing season. Zambia’s sugar industry is dominated by Zambia Sugar PLC, a subsidiary of Illovo Sugar, a South African company that produces around 92.5% of the country’s sugar production. The country exports about half of its production, mainly to other countries in Africa and to the European Union.

As part of the modernisation of the French diplomatic network, the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has undertaken a study on its overseas representation. France needs to be able to respond to the challenges of a constantly changing world and to anticipate change in order to maintain its effectiveness, influence and global influence. Adapting our diplomatic network is also a way to adapt our human and budgetary resources to our strategic objectives, in a context where the Quai d’Orsay must continue to contribute to the overall effort to control costs and reduce public spending.

The 96th session of the International Cocoa Council coupled with the joint annual meeting of the International Cocoa Organisation-European Union and the ACP, has been taking place since Monday in Abidjan, with the sustainable cocoa economy on the agenda, the APA reported on Tuesday from the economic capital of Côte d’Ivoire. The second day of the meeting was devoted to the world cocoa economy, which has been suffering for several years. Delegates at the meeting will work on the drafting and adoption of an agenda for a sustainable cocoa economy, as well as the development of a global strategic action plan with specific measures.