Thursday 18 January 2018
(Reuters (Eng) 07/12/13)
Stronger-than-expected cocoa production in Ivory Coast would drive economic growth of around 9 per cent this year, supported by higher public infrastructure spending and rebounding private investment, President Alassane Ouattara said. A robust post-war economic recovery will help Ivory Coast to tap international markets with a $500-million (U.S.) bond issue by October, Mr. Ouattara said in an interview, appealing to the opposition to heal war wounds. Ivory Coast was racked by a 2011 civil war in which 3,000 people were killed and tens of thousands more displaced after former president Laurent Gbabgo refused to recognise Mr. Ouattara’s election victory. Mr. Ouattara, who won the conflict with French support, has since steered a dramatic recovery in francophone West Africa’s economic powerhouse...
(BBC News Africa 07/12/13)
Everton have signed Wigan striker Arouna Kone on a three-year deal after meeting a £6m release clause. Newcastle and Everton both met the clause in the 29-year-old's Wigan contract but the Ivorian has opted to move to Merseyside. He will link up again with manager Roberto Martinez, who left Wigan at the end of the season. Kone scored 11 Premier League goals for last season's FA Cup winners who were relegated to the Championship. Kone said: "Every player dreams of playing for a bigger club and coming here is a big step up for me. "I hope to be able to fulfil all my dreams and get as far as I can through hard work. "I hope to score as...
(AFP (eng) 07/12/13)
Faced with the dilemma of trying to save a protected forest, which had become home to thousands of people, Cote d'Ivoire has turned to brute force. Soldiers, some armed with rocket launchers, and bulldozers were sent in to reclaim the southwestern forest of Niegre. In a swift operation last month, the army completely razed the small town of Baleko-Niegre, tucked away in the tropical forest of the Sassandra region, about 360km west of the commercial capital Abidjan. Little was spared: brick houses and clay huts were flattened, and the local school, church and marketplace were demolished. Camps deeper into the forest were also destroyed. The government says the operation was to save forests’ woodland from illegal exploitation by people, often...
( 07/02/13)
Every year an estimated 210 million people use illicit drugs with about 200,000 of them dying annually. Drug use and drug trafficking are not only a health threat but also threaten global stability and socio-economic development across the world. This was contained in a release from the Abibimman Foundation, International Day of the African Child and Youth (IDAY Ghana), AYICC –Ghana, and Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP-Ghana). The release was signed by Kenneth Nana Amoateng, Chief Executive Officer, Abibiman Foundation. The release was in commemoration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which fell on June 26th, 2013, and organized under the theme, "Make Health Your New High In Life Not Drugs." It said illegal...

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