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The United States wants to accompany Côte d'Ivoire in processing cocoa and cashew

The United States wants to accompany Côte d'Ivoire in processing cocoa and cashew

July 4th, 2018


The United States wants to accompany Côte d'Ivoire in the processing of cocoa and cashew, which the country is the world's largest producer, said Tuesday in Abidjan Gil Kaplan, Undersecretary of International Trade, at the end of a working session with members of the government.


Kaplan, who was leading a 50-strong delegation of businessmen and US government officials as part of the implementation of MCC projects, said his country is ready to invest in Côte d'Ivoire in cocoa and cashew processing.


Like the cocoa and cashew nut sectors, the US government also intends to "help the country develop the mining sector", by bringing to Côte d'Ivoire skills to meet stakeholders in these sectors for their bring their expertise, he added.


In this sense, he says, the United States plans to "build relationships" with the US private sector to allow Côte d'Ivoire to process its raw materials. He welcomed the fact that the Ivorian State and the private sector are working together on development issues.


Nearly 25 companies that came as part of the visit are "ready to invest in Cote d'Ivoire," Kaplan said, announcing that his department is working with the state on an agreement to make information on the different markets and offers in Ivory Coast.


The American company Visa signed Monday in Abidjan a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Finance to digitize the means of payment in Côte d'Ivoire. As part of strengthening economic cooperation, the Bechel group has initialed an agreement to digitize the television sector.


In addition to businessmen, Kaplan also led a mission of the US President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. The delegation, which has already visited Ethiopia, Kenya and then Ivory Coast, continues its tour in Ghana on Wednesday.


The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), with a budget of 295.47 billion FCFA, from which Côte d'Ivoire benefits, should make it possible to carry out innovative projects in the sectors of education, transport and socio-economic infrastructure. economic.