Jul 10 2008
Jul 10 2008
On Friday 4 July, the Governor gave the local dressmakers who were victims of the big fire which destroyed the big market of Yamoussoukro during December 25, 2006 night 50 sewing machines. On the same occasion, as part of the private initiatives support funds, three (3) youth professional organizations received a total amount of CFA francs 5,654,000 ; ground nuts producers (CFA francs 500,000), cassava producing women (CFA francs 1,355,000) and attéké (steamed cassava couscous) saleswomen (CFA francs 3,799,400). Other actions to be added up for soon include the financing and training of 250 women (dressmakers, fresh fish sellers, loincloth sellers and market garden produce sellers). Upon the success of that pilot project will depend the financing of many others identical projects. On behalf of the recipients, Mr. Doumbia Ismaël, Head of the local representation of the traders’ federation (Fenacci), thanked the Governor and exhorted the women to a rapid refund of the loans, so as other groups or organizations may also benefit from this action.
Jul 10 2008
During the board meeting, the Governor officially handed over the keys of the medical emergency care vehicle to the local firefighters. The District has helped in rehabilitating the vehicle, as it has not been operational for six years.
Jul 10 2008
The main point on the agenda of the Board Meeting of the District of Yamoussoukro 2008 second working session held on July 5, 2008 at the Houphouët Boigny Peace Foundation is undoubtedly the Agropole of Yamoussoukro creation project (agriculture research and technology park). According to Mr. NDri Apollinaire, Governor of the District, this will be a “center where different actors from the agricultural, farming and breeding community can meet”, with a view to fostering permanent close relationships among the community: peasants, buyers, teachers and researchers, industrialists and others. He believes this could catalyze agricultural development in Yamoussoukro “for the respect of both the populations and environment, as well as falling within the framework of sustainable development and prosperity.” Better, he states further, the Agropole could take into account the financing of many projects for youth and women in the rural community. As for the 2008 altered budget, it will be reduced by 505 million CFA francs.
In actual fact, the District of Yamoussoukro has so far had an annual functioning subsidy amounting to one billion two hundred seventy million CFA francs (CFA F 1,270,000,000), while its allotted budget for 2008, of which it was only informed in November 2007 by the state Department of Budget and Finance, has been reduced to one billion twenty five million CFA francs (CFA F 1,025,000,000). The original budget has indeed been drawn up on this basis. Aware of the financial disequilibrium which might arise from that situation, a request was made to the General Officer in charge of Budget and Finance for an equilibrium budgetary backing.
Following formal assurances given, the treasury departments were tasked to take into account the gap amounting to two hundred forty five million CFA francs in the first altered budget. Yet, the authorized credit notification to the District shows nine hundred eighty million CFA francs (CFA F 980,000,000), thus resulting in a gap of two hundred ninety million CFA francs (CFA Francs 290,000,000) instead of two hundred forty five million CFA francs (CFA Francs 245,000,000).
Therefore, unlike the former budgets which were altered upwards, this 2008 second altered budget undergoes a reduction by five hundred five million CFA francs (CFA Francs 505,000,000)
Jun 13 2008
CLOSING REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY DR. JOHN W. ASHE, AMBASSADOR, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF ANTIGUA & BARBUDA IN NEW YORK ON BEHALF OF THE HONOURABLE W. BALDWIN SPENCER, PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF ANTIGUA & BARBUDA AND CHAIRMAN OF THE HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION (Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire, 13 June 2008)
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cote d’Ivoire,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. Allow me to express our deep satisfaction on seeing this high-level Conference on South-South Cooperation concluding successfully its deliberations.
2. We have come to the end of our Conference. The outcome has been extremely successful. We have agreed that developing countries have accumulated varied degrees of development capacities that can be shared and could be used through a platform. South-South cooperation deserves its own separate and independent promotion. Continue Reading »
Jun 10 2008
ADDRESS BY THE HONOURABLE W. BALDWIN SPENCER, PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA AND CHAIR OF THE GROUP OF 77 AND CHINA AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TWELFTH SESSION OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL FOLLOW-UP AND COORDINATION COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC COOPERATION AMONG DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire, 10 June 2008)
Your Excellency Laurent Gbagbo,
President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. In my capacity as Chair of the Group of 77 and China, I would like to welcome all of you warmly to Yamoussoukro and to express to the Government and the people of Côte d’Ivoire our deep appreciation for their warm welcome and hospitality.
2. Allow me to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to His Excellency Mr. Laurent Gbagbo, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire for his able leadership in promoting South-South solidarity and furthering the interests and aspirations of our Group from our common values of unity and solidarity.
3. I would like also to welcome warmly all delegations who accepted the invitation to join us at this historic gathering which takes place against the backdrop of preparations for the High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation. Continue Reading »
Jun 09 2008
Conference of The Group of 77 at the United Nations and China :Statement by the Governor of the District of Yamoussoukro
- DISTINGUISHED DELEGATES OF THE MEMBER STATES OF THE GROUP OF 77 AND CHINA ;
- LADIES AND GENTLEMEN;
- DEAR GUESTS FROM COTE D’IVOIRE ;
We are particularly glad that Yamoussoukro, county town of the District, hosts from 10 to 13 June 2008, the XIIth session of the Conference of the Group of 77 at the United Nations and China.
As the Governor of the District, I take it as an urgent duty of mine to greet you and sincerely thank you for the distinguished honour by choosing to hold this important meeting in Yamoussoukro. The honour is even twice, as it is the first time that the conference is held on the African continent.
On behalf of the brave citizens of Yamoussoukro, I wish you the traditional “AKWABA”, which means a warm welcome; please be reassured of the immense gladness of Yamoussoukro, the Political and Administrative Capital city of Côte D’Ivoire.
Yamoussoukro, a lovely city, with the magical savannah scent, the cradle of a civilisation marked with generosity, hospitality, peace and love, stemming from ancient migrations; a blessed city with its prestigious Our Lady of Peace Basilica, great Mosque, Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Foundation, President Golf Club – one of the most attractive golf courses in Africa, holding 18 holes and integrated into the Hotel Président – and the Crocodile Lakes, is so proud to welcome you in.
Yamoussoukro also hosts the most prestigious academic institutions of the country, offering a wide array of Engineering programs, ranging from civil engineering and mining, agronomics, to business and administration, as well as a renowned high school, and for very soon the realization of the science & technology and agriculture research and development parks projects. The District of Yamoussoukro, a cosmopolitan city with its different communities originating from the sixty (60) or so ethnical groups of the country, and who live together in perfect harmony, has tremendous economic assets in primary, secondary and tertiary sectors altogether. Continue Reading »