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Vol 39 No 2

Published 23rd January 1998


Côte d'Ivoire

Hot chocolate

A scalding splash has landed on the next round of talks with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, due early next month. As he prepares to bid for a multi-billion dollar aid and debt relief package, President Henri Konan Bédié could do without appeals from his friends. The cocoa trading business of his old associates the Usher family, the Société Internationale de Café et de Cacao (AC Vol 38 No 25), may need discreet support from the banking authorities.

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