Cote D'Ivoire President Highlights Progress With Projects

The grand opening of the Abidjan Exhibition Centre took place in July.

By Liz Bains on
7th August 2023

Infrastructure projects were the focus of a presidential address given on 6 August in Cote D'Ivoire.

Addressing the nation on the eve of the 63rd anniversary of Cote D'Ivoire's independence, President Alassane Ouattara said great progress was being made in delivering important projects including roads, power and water facilities, and social infrastructure.

He noted that recent project completions have included the Abidjan Exhibition Centre, the Yamoussoukro-Tiébissou highway, and the Mé water treatment plant.

President Ouattara revealed that the Cocody Bridge would be inaugurated “in the coming days” and added that other projects nearing completion include the Tiébissou-Bouaké highway, the coastal Abidjan-San Pédro-Grand-Béréby road, the bridge linking Yopougon to the Plateau, the Abidjan bypass highway, the Boundiali solar plant, and the Gribo Popoli and Singrobo-Ahouaty hydroelectric dams.

In mid-July, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) said the main construction work on the 96km Tiébissou-Bouaké highway had been completed and sections opened to traffic.

The 44MW Singrobo-Ahouaty independent power project is due to begin commercial operations in the first quarter of 2024.

The Mé water treatment plant, located 30km north of Abidjan, was officially commissioned in June after several years of pandemic-related delays. It supplies 240,000m3 of water a day to more than 2.4 million people. The project was developed by France’s Veolia working with the local PFO Africa. The plant treats water drawn from La Mé River. 

The grand opening for the Abidjan Exhibition Centre, a project also led by PFO Africa, took place on 17 July. The centrepiece of the development is the 5,500-seat convention centre designed by architect Pierre Fakhoury. The complex roof structure of the convention centre was built by Belgium's BESIX, which also worked on the water treatment plant.

The president said the projects were being executed "to give Ivorians a better quality of life and to strengthen the competitiveness of our economy."

Top photo: President Alassane Ouattara delivering his address (Source: Twitter/ X @AOuattara_PRCI

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