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UPDATED: 15:17, September 30, 2006
Cote d'Ivoire-China cooperation has huge potential: President
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Although Cote d'Ivoire is still experiencing internal strife, the country hopes to deepen economic cooperation with China for the benefit of its people, said Laurent Gbagbo, president of Cote d'Ivoire.

China can use its advanced technology to invest in mining, construction, infrastructure, environmental protection and other sectors of the western African country, he said.

"We need to double our efforts to further develop huge potentials in this field," Gbagbo said on Friday at his residence in Abidjan, in an interview with Xinhua.

The president acknowledged that the political crisis following a brief civil war in 2002, triggered by a failed coup to topple Gbagbo, has severely affected economic construction and development of his country, once an example of prosperity and stability in Africa.

"We are seeking for solutions to the internal crisis and I hope it will be solved as soon as possible," Gbagbo said.

The former French colony has long been the world's largest producer of cocoa and the fourth largest producer of coffee. But the country now plans to develop its underground resources including manganese, nickel, gold and diamond.

A Chinese mining firm is negotiating with Cote d'Ivoire's state mining company on a joint venture project to develop manganese in the country, Gbagbo said.

"I hope such a cooperation can be carried out in other fields," he said.

Gbagbo is among some 40 African heads of state who have been invited to attend a summit on China-Africa cooperation in early November in Beijing, in which Chinese and African leaders will discuss how to strengthen Sino-African partnership.

Source: Xinhua

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