Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 July 2021:
The African Development Bank has agreed to support Côte d’Ivoire in creating agricultural value chains to create more jobs and make economic growth more inclusive, the bank’s president, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, said last week, during a meeting with Ivorian Prime Minister Patrick Achi.
“The African Development Bank will support the Ivorian government in the creation of agricultural value chains in banana, mango, palm oil, cashew, coffee and cocoa products … There will be investments to transform rural areas into areas of wealth for the people,” Adesina said.
Since 2015, the African Development Bank, whose head office is based in Abidjan, has quadrupled its investments in Côte d’Ivoire, bringing its portfolio to $2.7 billion.
The African Development Bank president said it is important to make Côte d’Ivoire’s economic growth “more” inclusive and job-creating, and to ensure the transformation of rural areas. To this end, he said the Bank will support the government’s 2021-2025 National Development Plan.
“Côte d’Ivoire was in an exceptional trajectory with an average growth rate of 7% from 2016 to 2019. Unfortunately, because of Covid-19, growth has dropped to 2% in 2020. But with the economic recovery and vaccinations helping, the tourism, services, transport and manufacturing industries are recovering. We expect the Ivorian economy to rebound by 6.2% this year and 6.5% in 2022,” Adesina said.
Prime Minister Achi welcomed the African Development Bank’s continuing support, and expressed the Ivorian government’s deep appreciation for its assistance as a strategic partner.
The Ivorian Ministers of Finance, Adama Coulibaly, Planning, Nialé Kaba, and Agriculture, Kobena Kouassi Adjoumani, attended the working session that followed the audience as well as the African Development Bank’s Director General for West Africa, Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbadé and her deputy, Joseph Manuel Riberio.