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BREAKING: Ivory Coast Prime Minister Amadou passes on.

BREAKING: Ivory Coast Prime Minister Amadou passes on.

AFRICA, IVORY COAST
The Ivorian government has confirmed the death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly. He died at the age of 61 in the capital Abidjan. Multiple news sites including Jeune Afrique reported the death late Wednesday citing multiple official sources. The deceased returned home last week (July 2) after a two-month absence during which period he was receiving medical treatment in France. Coulibaly is a close ally of Ouattara and has held the Prime Minister portfolio since 2017. He was the presidential candidate of the ruling Rally of Republicans party in upcoming polls meant to choose a new president as incumbent Alassane Ouattara leaves office after two terms. The party elected him as flag bearer in March 2020 for the October polls. “I am back home to take my place at the President’s...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Eddy Kenzo to be repatriated from Ivory Coast

Coronavirus – Uganda: Eddy Kenzo to be repatriated from Ivory Coast

AFRICA, African stars, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, IVORY COAST, Travel, UGANDA
Kampala --- The Ugandan Government has started the process of repatriating superstar Eddy Kenzo. The celebrated Ugandan musician has been stranded in Ivory Coast for months and now government with the help of businessman Balaam Barugahara.This comes after the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam Kahamba Kuteesa authorised the repartriation of more Ugandans who have been stranded abroad due to Covid-19. Eddy Kenzie performing at his VIP sshow at Serena Hotel last year The first repartriated Ugandans landed in the country on Monday aboard Ethiopian Airlines.Once Kenzo is brought back, he will be quarantined for 14 days.Legislators early this month renewed calls for repatriation of Ugandans stranded abroad following the outbreak of Covid-19.Hon. Anna Adeke Ebaju (Indep., National Fe...
Coronavirus – Côte d’Ivoire: An Additional $35 Million to Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus – Côte d’Ivoire: An Additional $35 Million to Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, IVORY COAST
The World Bank and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire signed today a $35 million credit agreement from the International Development Association (IDA) to scale up efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic (Coronavirus) in the country. This credit supplements $40 million in financing already provided under the Contingency Emergency Response Component (CERC) of the Strategic Purchasing and Alignment of Resources and Knowledge in Health Project, bringing the total financing allocated by the World Bank to Côte d’Ivoire’s COVID-19 emergency measures to $75 million. The Covid-19Strategic Preparedness and Response Project aims to strengthen prevention and the public health system by providing personal protective equipment to health care workers as well as adequate equipment to intensive care un...
African Development Bank appoints Mrs. Nafissatou N’diaye Diouf Acting Director for Communications and External Relations

African Development Bank appoints Mrs. Nafissatou N’diaye Diouf Acting Director for Communications and External Relations

AFRICA, Banking, Business, ECONOMY, IVORY COAST, SENEGAL
Nafissatou, a Senegalese national, is currently a Division Manager in the Communications and External Relations Department of the African Development Bank GroupABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, -- The African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Nafissatou N’diaye DIOUF as the Acting Director for Communications and External Relations Department (PCER), effective 1 April 2020.Nafissatou, a Senegalese national, is currently a Division Manager in the Communications and External Relations Department of the African Development Bank Group. A dedicated and results driven communications professional, Nafissatou brings over twenty (20) years of experience to the role, with a comprehensive background in corporate communications, public relations, journalism,...
African Energy Chamber encouraged by Recent Gas Monetization Drive in Côte d’Ivoire

African Energy Chamber encouraged by Recent Gas Monetization Drive in Côte d’Ivoire

AFRICA, Côte d’Ivoire, ECONOMY, IVORY COAST, OIL, TECHNOLOGY
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, March 25, 2020,/ -- Côte d’Ivoire is establishing a new energy leadership in West Africa following several initiatives taken to monetize natural gas across power generation and public transport. In a region rich in natural gas, such initiatives are driving Côte d’Ivoire’s energy transition and paving the way for more industrialization and job creation.Since January 2020, the country has secured key financing for its major gas-to-power projects, Azito and Atinkou. The former is a brownfield expansion of the existing Azito gas-to-power station, a 460MW plant owned and operated by Globeleq which uses natural gas supplied from Côte d’Ivoire’s offshore gas fields. Azito is being expanded by 253MW and its expansion project reached financial close in January 2020. Upon ...
IVORY COAST: Ex-president Gbagbo wants unconditional release by ICC

IVORY COAST: Ex-president Gbagbo wants unconditional release by ICC

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, IVORY COAST
International Criminal Court judges should scrap conditions of release imposed on Ivory Coast’s former president, his lawyers argued Thursday in a move they hope will free Laurent Gbagbo to return home during a tense election year. Gbagbo and former youth minister Charles Ble Goude were both acquitted in January 2019 of crimes against humanity charges linked to their alleged roles in deadly violence that erupted following disputed elections in 2010. Prosecutors for the international court, which also handles cases involving alleged genocide and war crimes, have appealed the acquittals. They said during Thursday’s hearing in the Hague that they want to stage a retrial. In principle, no restrictions can be placed on the freedom of a person who has been acquitted. This pe...
IVORY COAST: Former rebel Guillaume Soro to contest presidential poll.

IVORY COAST: Former rebel Guillaume Soro to contest presidential poll.

AFRICA, IVORY COAST, Politics
“I definitely remain a candidate in the election. Those who tried to stop me from going back to my homeland will not stop me from being a candidate,” Soro told Reuters in Paris. Ivory Coast’s public prosecutor issued the warrant for Soro on Dec. 23 as part of an investigation into an alleged coup plot. Soro denied any wrongdoing and said he was a victim of judicial persecution. “Mercenaries made illegal recordings thinking they can entrap me,” he said. “My lawyers have filed a case in Paris against the authors and prosecutor because part of(the alleged recording) was done in France.” Soro added that his lawyers had placed a request with French prosecutors for his rights to be respected, and will do the same with the regional West African Court of Justice, the African Cou...
AFRICA: Ivory Coast tests suspected Coronavirus case

AFRICA: Ivory Coast tests suspected Coronavirus case

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, IVORY COAST
‘The 34-year-old student traveled from Beijing to the Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan on Saturday and was coughing, sneezing and experienced difficulty breathing,’‘ Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene said in statement. This effectively becomes the first case of testing for the virus on the African continent, even as Chinese authorities announced on Tuesday that its death toll had surpassed 100 from over 4,000 cases reported. Authorities in Ivory Coast moved the student to a safe location where she is currently being monitored. The health says it is highly likely a case of pneumonia and not coronavirus, but the final diagnosis will be made after the analysis of the results of the test. Don’t panic The coronavirus was confirmed i...