Cote d'Ivoire Crisis -
  • Regional business turns its back on "Ivoirité"
    12 june 2001 23:32:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- "Money knows no borders," Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo told newsmen from the Malian state television at the recent inauguration of a ginning company belonging to Malian tycoon Cheikna Kagnassi in M'Bengue, about 700 km north of Abidjan. Full text...

  • Ivorian Palm nut producers end strike
    11 june 2001 21:51:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Palm oil producers in Ehania, near Aboisso (190 km east of Abidjan), have ended a strike embarked upon since 20 May to press for better prices for palm nuts, union sources affirmed Monday. Full text...

  • Member Heads of State to address Air Afrique crisis
    08 june 2001 11:18:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Finance and Transport ministers from member countries of the beleaguered multinational Air Afrique company rose from a meeting in Abidjan last Wednesday with a memorandum for the Heads of State conference slated for next Monday in the Ivorian capital. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire steps up defence and security budget
    07 june 2001 22:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Defence and security have been accorded higher priority in the Ivorian budget adopted by Parliament in Abidjan Wednesday. Full text...

  • Air Afrique council prepares memorandum
    07 june 2001 22:11:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The council of ministers of the 11-nation Air Afrique has prepared a memorandum to be submitted to the heads of state summit opening in Abidjan Monday. Full text...

  • Warder strike forces sealing of Ivorian jails
    07 june 2001 17:34:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The gates to virtually all Ivorian prisons have been closed for two days following a strike called on 2 June by the National Union of Prison Warders (SYNAPAP-CI). Full text...

  • Ivorian rice farming project on upbeat
    07 june 2001 16:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Six years into the venture, officials at a 10-billion CFA franc hydro-agricultural project to develop rice cultivation in Cote d'Ivoire's central region of Divo region have reported significant yields. Full text...

  • France gives conditions for assistance to Cote d'Ivoire
    07 june 2001 15:21:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The French Embassy in Abidjan says Paris will only resume full economic and financial assistance to Cote d'Ivoire, when the latter concludes agreements with the Bretton Woods institutions. Full text...

  • Conference speaker blames Ivorian campus violence on mascot
    07 june 2001 13:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A guest speaker at a conference on the crisis bedevilling the Ivorian education system has indicted the emblem of Abidjan University - a mask - as the mystical force behind a recent spate of violence on campus. Full text...

  • Ministers discuss Air Afrique's fate amid tension
    06 june 2001 19:36:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A meeting of transport, economy and finance ministers from 11 Air Afrique member states opened in Abidjan Wednesday to examine proposals tabled by the World Bank to solve the company's worst financial crisis. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire backs diplomat Amara Essy for OAU scribe
    05 june 2001 17:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amara Essy, Cote d'Ivoire's candidate to succeed Salim Ahmed Salim as OAU secretary-general, spent his political career as a diplomat in the "protective" shield of the late President Felix Houphouet-Boigny. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire not due French assistance before 2002
    05 june 2001 15:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The French government has, to the disappointment of the authorities in Abidjan, ruled out any possibility of resuming economic assistance to Cote d'Ivoire before 2002. Full text...

  • Pope John Paul appoints 2 bishops for Cote d'Ivoire
    05 june 2001 13:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Abbots Jean-Pierre Kutwa and Joseph Ake have been appointed bishops by Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Bernard Agre of Abidjan's Saint Paul's Cathedral has announced. Full text...

  • 12 billion CFA for AIDS control in Cote d'Ivoire
    04 june 2001 16:42:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire requires some 12 billion CFA francs for the implementation of its 2001-2002 action plan for AIDS control, a government official said. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire woos Togo for OAU top job
    04 june 2001 16:24:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Former Ivorian Prime Minister Seydou Diarra, has met with President Gnassingbe Eyadema seeking Togo's support for Amara Essy, the Ivorian candidate for the post of the OAU Secretary General. Full text...

  • Bangui coup makes headlines in Cote d'Ivoire
    01 june 2001 21:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The failed coup in the Central African Republic, ASEC and the release of RDR leader Jean-Jacques Bechio made headlines in the Ivorian media this week. Full text...

  • EU proposes gradual resumption of aid to Cote d'Ivoire
    31 may 2001 14:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- European Union's Council of ministers is expected to discuss a proposal for the gradual and moderate resumption of aid to Cote d'Ivoire when it meeting from 10-15 June in Brussels. Full text...

  • 93 women among 3,600 detained in Abidjan prisons
    30 may 2001 16:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- There are some 93 women including 13 teenagers among 3,600 prisoners currently detained in the Abidjan Prison, the ruling Ivorian Popular Front-run newspaper, Notre Voie reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ministers to discuss Air Afrique crisis next week
    30 may 2001 14:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Finance and transport ministers from countries which own Air Afrique are to meet in Abidjan on 5 and 6 June to discuss measures of salvaging the ailing multinational airline. Full text...

  • Ivorian farmers deny employing child-slaves
    29 may 2001 13:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An Ivorian farmers NGO has slammed against international media organisations for alleging that child-slaves from Burkina Faso and Mali produced 90 percent of agricultural products in two agricultural firms in the country. Full text...

  • Kabbaj says ADB window excludes 39 African countries
    28 may 2001 22:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Thirty nine African countries have had no access to non-concessionary resources of the African Development Bank (ADB) since 1995, ADB president Omar Kabbaj has said. Full text...

  • Quality of Cote d'Ivoire's cocoa deteriorates
    26 may 2001 14:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The collapse of international cocoa prices is taking place as the quality of Cote d'Ivoire's main foreign exchange earner has deteriorated considerably. Full text...

  • President Gbagbo to visit Angola Monday
    26 may 2001 11:39:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo on Monday begins a two-day visit of Angola, official visit to Angola, official sources said in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Ivorian border police intercept 49 Burkinabe children
    25 may 2001 21:43:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian border police have intercepted 49 Burkinabe minors - including 13 girls - at Lalerabo near the common border with Burkina Faso, the Ivorian Press Agency reported Friday. Full text...

  • African insurers convene in Abidjan Sunday
    25 may 2001 21:22:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 500 delegates from some forty countries are scheduled to convene the 28th Conference of the African Insurance Organisation 27-31 May in Abidjan, organisers of the meeting said. Full text...

  • Subscription to Ivorian women's bank start
    25 may 2001 19:34:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian women on Friday officially launched subscriptions for a bank created recently to finance the activities of women entrepreneurs. Full text...

  • Group backs Ivorian Amara Essy for OAU post
    23 may 2001 21:46:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A West African group on Wednesday expressed support for the candidature of former Ivorian foreign minister Amara Essy for the post of OAU secretary general. Full text...

  • Defence minister denies coup attempt
    23 may 2001 20:04:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's Senior defence and civil protection minister Moise Lida Kouassi has quashed allegations that the government had foiled a coup attempt during the night of 16 to 17 May. Full text...

  • UEMOA mission ends visit in Abidjan
    22 may 2001 20:15:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Inter-Parliamentary Committee (IPC) of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) has urged Ivorian authorities to intensify efforts to restore internal peace, stability and harmony. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition welcomes government overtures
    22 may 2001 16:43:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The secretary general of the opposition Rally of Republicans (RDR), Henriette Dagari Diabate, has lauded talks with Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, describing them as "frank and open. Full text...

  • Ivorian gendarmes intercept traffic of Malian minors
    22 may 2001 14:30:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Nine Malian minors were recently intercepted by Ivorian gendarmes in Bouake, 450 km north of Abidjan and handed over to Mali's consul in the city, Mamadou Diane. Full text...

  • Frenchman found dead in his room
    21 may 2001 22:39:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A French national was found dead Sunday in his bedroom in Abidjan's Bietry residential area, police sources said in Cote d'Ivoire's business city. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire Owes ADB 25 billion F CFA
    21 may 2001 21:53:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire owes 37 million US dollars in debt arrears to the African Development Bank (ADB). Full text...

  • Benin, Cote d'Ivoire to broaden cooperation
    15 may 2001 23:40:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and his Benin counterpart Mathieu Kerekou Tuesday undertook to strengthen and broaden cooperation. Full text...

  • Press body denounces sentencing of two Ivorian journalists
    14 may 2001 21:44:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An international body defending press freedom, Reporters without Frontiers (RSF), Monday denounced the sentencing of two Ivorian journalists to three months of imprisonment for libel. Full text...

  • President Gbagbo visits Benin
    14 may 2001 21:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo Monday began a 48-hour friendly and working visit to Benin. Full text...

  • Rival Ivorian student factions sign agreement
    14 may 2001 15:15:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The two rival factions of the Cote d'Ivoire Students and Pupils Federation (FESCI) have signed in Abidjan an agreement for unity under which they pledged to stop causing trouble in the country's universities. Full text...

  • Ivorian journalist sentenced three months in jail
    10 may 2001 21:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A court in Abidjan has sentenced Meite Sindou, editor in chief of the daily Le Patriote, to three months suspended prison term for defamation, legal sources revealed Thursday. Full text...

  • The spectre of wasted year haunts the Ivorian school system
    10 may 2001 12:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- With the suspension of lectures in universities because of the insecurity that prevails on campuses, the interruption of classes in primary schools and the threat of a strike in the country's high schools, the Ivorian school system is heading for a complete deadlock. Full text...

  • Ivorians shun hard drinks
    09 may 2001 22:52:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian drinkers have been avoiding distilled liquor since Monday's official ban on the sale of 'Pastis 45' and JFull text...

  • Ivorian farmers oppose liberalisation scheme
    09 may 2001 14:28:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A group of Ivorian farmers in Divo, 220 km north-west of Abidjan, have called for a new type of partnership between farmers, middlemen and foreign partners. Full text...

  • Malian imports through Cote d'Ivoire drop drastically
    09 may 2001 13:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Malian imports through Cote d'Ivoire estimated at 150 billion CFA francs (1 US dollar = 700 CFA francs) have substantially dropped, the Ivorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) said. Full text...

  • Labour party calls for durable peace
    08 may 2001 20:41:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's opposition Ivorian Workers Party (PIT) on Tuesday appealed upon all political forces in the country to strive for the installation of sustainable peace under the national reconciliation process launched in March. Full text...

  • Ivorian primary school teachers strike for better pay
    08 may 2001 15:16:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Primary school teachers in Cote d'Ivoire are on a three-day strike to press for better wages, sources in Abidjan said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian farmers deny employing "slaves" on plantations
    05 may 2001 20:02:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian coffee and cocoa producers have expressed outrage over a documentary by a private British Television station, which alleged that "90 percent of the Ivorian cocoa harvest is done by children from the Sahelian region who live in conditions that border on slavery. Full text...

  • Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire work on greenhouse gas emissions
    05 may 2001 16:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese and Ivorian ministers of Environment, Lamine Ba and Gilbert Bleu-Laine, have made a final review of a regional project on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through improved energy efficiency in buildings. Full text...

  • Gbagbo says Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana should strengthen ties
    04 may 2001 23:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Fresh from a 24- hour official visit to Accra, Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, has called for a stronger bond between his country and Ghana. Full text...

  • Media body lifts suspension of Solidarite PAALGA
    04 may 2001 23:13:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The National Commission on Press (CNP) in Cote d'Ivoire Friday lifted the suspension of the bi-monthly Solidarite PAALGA with immediate effect, sources from the institution said in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Release of RDR militants makes Ivorian headlines
    04 may 2001 19:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The recent release of militants of the Rally of Republicans (RDR) including spokesman Aly Coulibaly and organising secretary Kafana Koné, made news across the Ivorian press this week, alongside Senegal's parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire pledge to promote good governance
    03 may 2001 21:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire Thursday called on African countries to intensify economic co-operation among themselves in order to surmount threats of marginalisation under globalisation. Full text...

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