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Cashew nut - Dr. Adama Coulibaly (DG CCA): "The pace for transformation exists, we will succeed"

June 7, 2018


The Director General, Dr. Adama Coulibaly, General Commissioner of SIETTA, the International Cashew Processing Equipment and Technology Expo, 2018, presented the contours of the 3rd edition of this unique event in the world. "  Cashew processing, a mine of opportunities for the empowerment of African youth  " is the theme under which the 3rd edition of SIETTA will be held from 8 to 10 November, at Treichville Sports Park. For the big official announcement, actors of the sector mobilized in a hotel of the place to lay the foundations of the success of this meeting.


Framework for the promotion and presentation of the cashew processing equipment that Côte d'Ivoire expects 750,000 tons in 2018, the SIETTA is used to "  promote endogenous technologies  " after the participation of six national equipments alongside 26 international in 2016 On Thursday, June 7th, Dr. Adama Coulibaly, Director General of the Cashew Cotton Council, assured the Minister of Trade, Handicrafts and Promotion of SMEs, acting as Industry and Mines that "  the determination to find the right pace, exists and we will succeed  " the transformation of the cashew Ivorian.


To achieve this goal, the Ivorian government has disbursed, according to Dr. Adama Coulibaly, "  CFAF 4 billion in subsidies to processors. "  We want a new breed of equipment manufacturers  " urged the Director General, supported for the occasion by several members of the Board of Directors, headed by the PCA, Bamba Mamadou.


In 2017, the conversion capacity of local units was estimated at 119,350 tons. "  By 2019 we expect to reach 200,000 tons," said SIETTA's general commissioner. This fervor is also reflected in the interest of manufacturers who seek the approval of the state to settle and exercise. "  31 cases for the creation of processing units with a capacity of 326,000 tons have been deposited" , said the DG of the CCA. In 2016, more than 12,000 visitors and participants took part in SIETTA from more than 35 countries.


Minister Souleymane Diarrassouba, Minister of Commerce, Handicrafts and Promotion of SMEs, acting for the Industry and Mines, hailed "  the great success by the enthusiasm of equipment manufacturers and manufacturers" during the 2016 edition. In view of Agenda 2063, which plans an industrialized Africa, which consumes its own production, Souleymane Diarrassouba said that the process of strong industrialization of the cashew nut should result in the creation of "  200 jobs for young people . "


He indicated that of 52,200 tons in 2013, cashew processing capacity in Côte d'Ivoire reached 119,350 tons in 2017, ie 110% transformation rate over four years. For the interim Minister of Industry and Mines, the transformation goal is to reach 100,000 tons.


He nevertheless wished that "  the financing problem is no longer a problem in the cashew nut sector  ", recommending "  synergy through an intelligent partnership to obtain local transformers, flagship of the processing sector  ".


Souleymane Diarrassouba insisted that "  local transformation  " is "  a priority for the government" through a "dynamic" SIETTA by creating "  business links between actors. He recommended an "effective investment" in cashew processing.


"  The current challenge is that of industrialization and transformation so that our country is no longer considered a producer of crude but an industrial country of cashew,  " said Minister Souleymane Diarrassouba.


It should be noted that Abidjan will be the world and African capital of cashew on these three days because the Competitive African Cashew (ComCashew) will meet on November 7th before the 3rd Council of Ministers of the International Cashew Advisory Council (CICC) and the annual conference of the African Cashew Alliance (ACA).


"  Participating in SIETTA 2018 means joining the most promising economic sector of the West African subregion  ", is the theme of this 3rd edition, which will be "attended  daily by about 500 exhibitors and speakers. "


"  Transformation is an opportunity for young people and SIETTA stands as the platform for OEMs where processing units will be able to acquire new innovations and increase their processing capabilities. Today, a transformation of cashew nuts in our country will allow young people to enter the economic and professional fabric. With more than 100,000 jobs, I think it's a boon, " said N'Guettia Assouman, head of a national cashew company and one of the leaders of the exporters' association. cashew nuts from Côte d'Ivoire at the end of this ceremony.