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China deeply involved in fighting poverty in Cote d'Ivoire (2)

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15:36, August 16, 2011

"There's need to take advantage of the Chinese experience in order to increase food production," a Cote d'Ivoire investment expert Raymond Sibailly said recently.

"The IPRCC is one of the biggest global institutions involved in the fight against poverty. This center also works with the universities of China and through its actions, this country has achieved miracles in the fight against poverty," Sibailly said.

The problem of housing is another big challenge for Cote d'Ivoire. In the country, most of the people do not have decent houses to live. In most towns, there's a problem of slums which house the jobless people or those who earn little wages. Most families live in makeshift houses because of poverty.

In order to help resolve the housing problem, China has partnered with the Cote d'Ivoire government in the construction sector to try and reduce the housing shortage.

During a recent meeting with a Chinese construction company, Cote d'Ivoire Prime Minister Guillume Soro called for concerted efforts with Cote d'Ivoire's Construction and Housing Company (SICOGI) to ensure that majority of the people live in decent houses.

Recently Cote d'Ivoire experienced a post-election crisis which resulted in the loss of lives and destruction of property. Soon after the crisis was over, the country's President Alassane Ouattara announced that reconstruction of the country would be one of his main priorities.

China has expressed its willingness to help Cote d'Ivoire in the reconstruction process.

After several preliminary meetings with Cote d'Ivoire's authorities during which the Chinese emissaries promised support from their country, Sino-Cote d'Ivoire agreements regarding Chinese aid for Cote d'Ivoire's post-crisis reconstruction were signed in June this year.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun and Cote d'Ivoire's Foreign Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan signed the documents which granted Cote d'Ivoire loans and cancellation of Cote d'Ivoire's debt.

In addition, China has also given Cote d'Ivoire "urgent materials" worth 1.09 billion Fcfa.

China has honored the commitments she made to Cote d'Ivoire.

"The crisis increased poverty in Cote d'Ivoire. The Chinese contribution is expected to help in the revival of activities in some of the country's sectors," said Emmanuel Lohoues, an official at Cote d'Ivoire's finance ministry.

"On the path of development, Cote d'Ivoire will always have China on her side," Zhai promised.

Chinese Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire Wei Wenhua has on several occasions reiterated his country's willingness to help Cote d'Ivoire on her development path.

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