Ivorien Minister of State Auguste Denise took part in a ceremony in Abidjan on Thursday (5 August) to open a new city branch of the B.
Ivorien Minister of State Auguste Denise took part in a ceremony in Abidjan on Thursday (5 August) to open a new city branch of the B.I.A.O. the International Bank of West Africa. The French and American Ambassadors represented their countries, which provided some of the finance for the new banking complex. The ceremony marked the opening, after ten months of work, of the first building of a two-building project.
SYNOPSIS: A large crowd was on hand in Abidjan on Thursday at the start of a ceremony to open the first of a two-building bank complex in the Ivorien capital. The first building is solely for the B.I.A.O., the International Bank of West Africa.
And Ivorien Minister of State Auguste Denise arrived to open the building. He was greeted by Bank Manager Andre Chardon and Bank President Pierre Rocques.
Drum majorettes provided a novel touch to the occasion.
Bank Employees, their guests and a number of dignitaries all took part.
Mr. Rocques, the bank's President spoke to the assembled guests. The first building took tan months to complete and cost 249 million Central African Francs.
The French and American Ambassadors were present. The two countries provided much of the finance between them for the new bank project. The second building will have 16 floors. The whole project is scheduled for completion in the beginning of 1973, and the cost is estimated at 586 million Central African Francs.
The catering staff was ready for the cocktails to follow the ceremony.
Finance and Economy Minister Henri Konan Bedie also spoke. The second building will be used not only by the bank but by a variety of other commercial organisations as well. In addition to offices, it will also include 60 flats and parking facilities.
French Ambassador Jacques Raphael-Leygues awarded a modal to one of the bank's officers.
Then the Grand Chancellor of the National Order. Joseph Anoma, invested Dr. Andre Chardon with the title of Officer of the National Ivorian Order.
The final stage of the ceremony was reached when Minister Denise cut the ribbon and declared the bank officially open for business.