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Vol 52 No 11

Published 27th May 2011

Côte d'Ivoire

Cocoa holds the key

President Ouattara needs to stop the smuggling and bring the soldiers under control

After his grand inauguration at Yamoussoukro on 21 May and pronouncements on the need for Ivorians to reconcile and rebuild the country, one of new President Alassane Dramane Ouattara’s most urgent if more prosaic tasks is to reform the cocoa sector. Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa growers account for 38% of world supply of the commodity and generate about US$1 billion in foreign exchange each year.

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