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    The Ivory Coast on Thursday (25 October) concluded maritime agreements with the Cameroon and Italy.


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    The Ivory Coast on Thursday (25 October) concluded maritime agreements with the Cameroon and Italy.

    SYNOPSIS: The harbour at Abidjan, capital of the Ivory Coast, is one of the regions busiest. It offers shipping facilities for landlocked countries of the interior...Mali, Upper Volta and Niger, providing those countries with foreign imports and allowing export of domestically produced goods, largely agricultural products. Each year about two and a half thousand ships enter the port, unloading and loading over three million tonnes of freight.

    Last week, on Thursday (25 October) the Cameroon Minister of Transport, Mr. John Monie N'Kengoug, was in Abidjan to sign a maritime treaty with the Ivory Coast aimed at improving maritime co-operation between the two countries.

    Heading the Ivory Coast's delegation was their Maritime Minister, Mr Limine Fadika. The Ivory Coast has recently concluded similar agreements with a number of West European countries, France, West Germany, Belgium and Spain. The signing of the maritime agreement is seen as a further strengthening of ties between the Ivory Coast and the Cameroon...and the agreement itself is aimed at tidying up maritime relations between the two West African countries. Negotiations between the two countries were concluded in Douala, Cameroon earlier this year. The signing of the treaty took place in the conference hall of Abidjan's Maritime Ministry. The maritime treaty is the latest act of co-operation between the Ivory Coast and Cameroon, following a visit to Cameroon last year by the Ivory Coast's President, Mr. Houphouet-Boigny.

    In a separate ceremony at the Maritime Ministry the same day, a second, similar agreement was signed...this time with the diplomatic representative of the Italian government, Ambassador Paolo Vafre di Bonzo. Italy is the fifty European state to sign a Maritime Treaty with the Ivory Coast...based on the code of conduct of the International Maritime Conferences.

    Mr. Fadika, who signed for the Ivory Coast, said he hoped the treaty would reinforce existing friendly relations between his country and Italy.

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