Abidjan - Japan's Continued Interest To Increase Economic Cooperation With Côte d'Ivoire

Recently, the Ivorian economic capital hosted a strong Japanese economic mission of some 40 businessmen. Of these, we note the presence of large internationally known groups including Toyota Tsusho Corp, Komatsu Ltd., Sumitomo Corp., Mitsui & Co., Taisei Construction Toyo Construction Co, Ltd. Toshiba

The delegation led by Deputy Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan, Yasuki Kaibori, were able to discuss with members of the Ivorian government and Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan on  investment opportunities in Côte d'Ivoire, and also on the major projects of the 2016-2020 National development Plan (NDP 2016-2020) of the country.

On this last point, the members of the Japanese mission during a meeting with Kablan Duncan did not hide thier enthusiasm, and showed interest in various  advanced infrastructure projects which include the construction of grain and ore terminals in the port of Abidjan at a cost of 34 and 64 billion CFA respevtively, the realization of a "Aérocité" an airport city around the Abidjan airport at an estimated cost of 1,000 billion CFA francs.

Aérocité - Artist impression

There is also the construction of the second metro line in Abidjan at an estimated cost of 170 billion CFA francs, and the strengthening of the fiber optic network is that is expected to increase from 2,000 km to 7,000 km by the end of 2017. All these projects of interest to the Japanese operators have an estimated value of some 44 billion dollars.

In July Japan Built, an interchange at the intersection Solibra Treichville in Abidjan. As a gift of the Japanese empire to the people intended to build Ivorian-Japanese friendship.

This Japanese economic mission only comes days after similar missions by French, Moroccan, Turkish and Tunisian businessmen. The Ivorian authorities are also preparing to go to Paris, in May 2016, for the Consultative Group to finance the NDP 2016-2020 estimated at over 30 000 billion FCFA.

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