Just ever a year ago, President Felix Houphouet-Boigny inaugurated an enormous tourist project near Abidjan, which has been called the "African Riveira".
Just ever a year ago, President Felix Houphouet-Boigny inaugurated an enormous tourist project near Abidjan, which has been called the "African Riveira". The project, planned to take 15 years, is being carried out by the Ivory Coast government, together with Swiss business interests. The idea is to stimulate development of the what's area and strengthen the base of the Ivory Coast economy, at present almost entirely dependent on agriculture and vulnerable to the fluctuations of international commerce.
Last Wednesday (29 September), the Minister of Construction Urbanisation, Alexis Thierry Lebbe, attended a ceremony for the laying of a foundation stone for the new village of Anono. The new village is part of the project, which will ultimately transform 10,000 area of bush, on the eastern edge of Abidjan, into an international tourist complex, four residential areas accommodating 120,000 people, and an industrial park for light industry.
SYNOPSIS: Another part of the enormous "African Riviera" project was officially begun near Abidjan last week. Alexis Thierry Lebbe, Minister of Construction and Urbanisation was on hand for ceremony.
This is the beginning of the new village of Anono, one of four residential areas that will eventually accommodate one-hundred and twenty-thousand people. The immediate goal of the eight-hundred million pound sterling project is the development of Abidjan as an international tourist centre. Mr. Lebbe said that ultimately the project will transform a vast area near Abidjan into the tourist area, including a gulf course, conference centre, hotels, an artisans village, an amusement park, an animal park and residential areas.
Mr Lebbe and Reuven Cary, whose Geneva based Mafit Trust Corporation is assisting the construction, each signed the official document placed in the Anono village foundation stone.
Mr Lebbe then laid the first brick for the Anono village, with the aid of other officials. The whole of the "African Riviera" project is part of President Felix Houphouet-Boigny's plan to stimulate growth of the entire area and strengthen the base of the Ivory Coast economy. The economy is now almost totally dependent an on agriculture and vulnerable to the fluctuations of international commerce. The new city of Anono is expected to e completed by 1980, with housing and facilities for seventy-thousand people.