A delegation from the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation of the United Nations began a six-day visit to the Ivory Coast on Friday (29 August).
A delegation from the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation of the United Nations began a six-day visit to the Ivory Coast on Friday (29 August). On the second day of their tour they inspected the harbour of Abidjan.
The delegation was headed by M.A. Adib, the principal administrator for technical services of the Maritime Safety Division; and I. Wade, the administrator responsible for a scholarship programme and the Committee on Technical Co-operation.
The delegation is particularly interested in plans for a maritime training center to be established in Abidjan. It will be called the Academy of Sciences and Sea Technology and will include specialised training centers for high level officers, mates and lower level officers, dockside employees, and administrative personnel.
It's expected the Academy would attract students from throughout West Africa.
The Government's interest in developing its maritime industry is typical of the energetic economic activities which have kept the Ivory Coast on a course of steady economic progress in recent years. Last year CFA Franc 467 billion ( 1.1 billion sterling) moved in and out of the country's ports.
Although it only gained its independence in 1960, it has enjoyed the highest growth rate in Black Africa. This is said to be largely the result of high prices earned on the world market for its primary agricultural products... coffee, cocoa, and timber; and a Government policy which encourages foreign investment.