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Benin and Ivory Coast Withdraw Declarations From Rights Court

Benin and Ivory Coast Withdraw Declarations From Rights Court

Benin and Ivory Coast become the third and fourth countries to withdraw their declaration under Article 34 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR). Benin announced an end to individual and NGO direct access to the court […]

Ivory Coast Pledges Trafficking Crackdown As 137 Child Victims Are Rescued

Ivory Coast Pledges Trafficking Crackdown As 137 Child Victims Are Rescued

Ivory Coast police on Monday vowed to ramp up efforts to stop child trafficking after rescuing 137 children from forced labour and sex work in the first major operation in several years. Police surrounded the southeastern town of Aboisso for 48 hours last week and searched vehicles, cocoa plantations and nearby villages for children who […]

Ivanka Trump Women’s Initiative Announces U.S.$27Million In Grants

Ivanka Trump Women’s Initiative Announces U.S.$27Million In Grants

A White House initiative spearheaded by Ivanka Trump to empower women around the developing world economically, announced its initial achievements, including $27 million in grants for projects in 22 countries. The project also reported its first substantial success: backing a change in Ivory Coast family law to make it more equitable to women. Speaking in […]

Ghana, Ivory Coast Cocoa Floor Price Seen As Small Step Toward Ending Child Labour

Ghana, Ivory Coast Cocoa Floor Price Seen As Small Step Toward Ending Child Labour

About 1.6 million children are estimated to work in cocoa production in Ivory Coast and Ghana, some for their parents and some trafficked from other countries Ghana and Ivory Coast’s move this week to set a minimum price for cocoa beans could help reduce child labour, though it will not be enough on its own, […]

Ivory Coast’s Ruling Coalition Wins Majority in Local Vote

Ivory Coast’s Ruling Coalition Wins Majority in Local Vote

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling alliance won a majority in local elections that were contested by its former coalition partner as political divisions in the world’s biggest cocoa grower widen ahead of a 2020 presidential vote. Ouattara’s Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace took 92 municipalities in the Oct. 13 election, the electoral […]

Ivory Coast Is Said to Ditch Private Interests in Cocoa Overhaul

Ivory Coast Is Said to Ditch Private Interests in Cocoa Overhaul

Ivory Coast is planning to remove all private representation from the board of its cocoa regulator as the world’s biggest grower prepares to coordinate the marketing of beans with neighboring Ghana, according to two people familiar with the matter. Based on the proposal that the government intends to implement next year, cocoa grinders, exporters and […]

U.S. Backs Ivory Coast Project to Produce Power From Cocoa Waste

U.S. Backs Ivory Coast Project to Produce Power From Cocoa Waste

Ivory Coast plans to produce the world’s first energy from cocoa shells by 2020 after the largest producer of the chocolate ingredient clinched U.S. backing to assess the project. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency will fund a feasibility study for a plant producing as much as 70 megawatts from cocoa waste, officials from the […]

Cocoa Farmers in Top Producer May Miss Out on Surging Prices

Cocoa Farmers in Top Producer May Miss Out on Surging Prices

Cocoa prices have surged by a third this year, but that’s still unlikely to translate into big gains for farmers in top producer Ivory Coast.  The West African nation uses forward sales to determine the minimum farmer price, so recent gains may have come too late for the smaller of two annual harvests that starts […]

Ivorians Vote In Senate Poll Likely To Shore Up President’s Power

Ivorians Vote In Senate Poll Likely To Shore Up President’s Power

Ivorians voted for a new senate on Saturday in a poll likely to shore up President Alassane Ouattara’s grip on power, amidst an opposition boycott, while doing little to relieve ethnic tensions lingering from a decade of crisis. The creation of the upper house, a provision of the new constitution enacted by referendum in late […]

Ivory Coast Is Selling Africa’s Biggest Euro-Currency Bond

Ivory Coast Is Selling Africa’s Biggest Euro-Currency Bond

Ivory Coast is selling 1.7 billion euros ($2.1 billion) of bonds Thursday in the biggest issuance of debt in the common currency from an African government, according to a person familiar with the matter. The West African nation is offering 850 euros of 12-year notes paying 5.25 percent and a similar amount of 30-year securities […]

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