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Vol 5 (AAC) No 11

Published 1st September 2012

Côte d'Ivoire

ADO brings back the billions

China’s interests in Côte d’Ivoire are growing and, for now, the focus is on infrastructure in a country recovering from ten years of political crisis

As soon as he touched down at Abidjan's Felix Houphouët-Boigny airport on his return from the 19-20 July fifth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing, President Alassane Dramane Ouattara briefed the press on China's plans to invest some US$3-5 billion in Côte d'Ivoire. The funds will target the socioeconomic infrastructure of the world's biggest cocoa producer. Beijing and Chinese state-owned companies largely avoided Côte d'Ivoire during the political turmoil following the elections in October and November 2010, despite the all-weather-friends image of their country that Chinese diplomats like to foster.

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