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French premier in Abidjan

Ivory Coast

<p>French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Monday on the final leg of his African tour. </p> <p>Valls inaugurated a 120 million euro water pumping station been funded by France sharing what he called “the message of France to Ivory Coast.” </p> <p>“The message of the France to Ivory Coast is simple. It can even be summarized in a few words: Ivory Coast re took its place in West Africa, in Afica and its place is that of a leading country. It is of course the case in economic terms with the renewed dynamism of its economy and its growth rate that draws the entire region”, Valls said.</p> <p>Ivorian Prime Minister, Daniel Kablan Duncan deplored the decline of french investment in Ivory Coast saying, “overall trade with France is progressing normally though personally, I can say that there are opportunities that are not sufficiently exploited. If I can paint a picture: there was a lot of progress with stock investment of 1.056 billion <span class="caps">FCFA</span> in 2014. But in terms of investment volume, France which held first place in 2014, lost it in 2015. So, we can say we can do better.” </p> <p>Manuel Valls’ African tour which also took him to Togo and Ghana. </p> <p>The French Premiers’ visit to Ivory Coast came a day after the country’s referendum on constitutional changes.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AFP</span></em></strong></p>
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