Ivorian govt institutes panel on residence permit

Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government has set up a committee on the implementation of the proposal to scrap residence permit for foreigners living in the country, according to the office of Prime Minister Guillaume Soro.
The committee, which was constituted at the weekend, is placed under the direct authority of the Prime Minister and chaired by government Secretary General Tyéoulou-Diéla Félix.
The panel also includes representatives of the Ministers of Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs as well as Economy and Finance.
It is saddled with seeking to "assess the financial and social impact of scrapping residence permits and to propose appropriate measures" to the President.
The committee is expected to submit its findings to the authorities latest 7 November.
President Laurent Gbagbo proposed the scrapping of the permits during a meeting 28 October.
The Ivorian Head of State believes the introduction of the residence permits in 1990 by the then Prime Minister, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, "has triggered increasing problems of identity and conflicts in the country since 1999" when Côte d'ivoire experienced its first military coup.

05 november 2007 08:34:00

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