Malian business delegation reconsiders Ivorian landscape

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A delegation of Malian businessmen is currently visiting Cote d'Ivoire at the invitation of the Ivorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Abidjan Port Authority.
The delegation, led by the chairman of the Malian Chamber of Commerce Mamadou Lamine Tounkara, includes traders, petroleum dealers and representatives of shipping companies.
It would hold working sessions with Ivoirian businessmen prior to an audience with President Laurent Gbagbo.
The visit is aimed at rekindling trade links between the two nations, which have considerably frozen in the wake of political unrest in Cote d'Ivoire in the course of which Malian businessmen were harassed.
The Ivoirian crisis turned away many Malian businessmen, while the Abidjan harbour, which annually transited some 350,000 tonnes of goods to and from Mali, has been sidelined in favour of Lome, Accra and Dakar ports.
The Malian relocation of business was said to be causing the Ivorians loses of between 150 and 200 billion francs CFA.

30 april 2001 20:42:00

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