President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi returned back to Egypt last Friday following an overseas tour to three African Countries. The Egyptian President arrived in Dakar on Thursday evening after a short visit to Conakry and Abidjan. In Ivory Coast, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and Alassane Ouattara highlighted the security agenda and expressed their desire to strengthen economic ties between the two countries. The president’s foreign tour to the West Africa region comes within the framework of Egypt’s keenness to intensify communication and coordination with its African brothers.
Upon his arrival at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Port-Bouët, the Egyptian President was welcomed by his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara. During this visit, the Abidjan-Cairo axis was strengthened by the signing of several agreements.
According to the programme transmitted to APA by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi met on Thursday with Alassane Ouattara following the signing of cooperation agreements. The establishment of diplomatic relations between these two countries dates back to 7 December 1973. “We have signed agreements in the areas of tourism, health and culture,” said Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi. For him, the strategic place occupied by Ivory Coast on the political and economic levels of Africa and the West African sub-region in particular, requires more attention.
The Arab Contractors group is currently the most active Egyptian company in Ivory Coast
Economically, trade flows between the two countries remain weak, the two Presidents acknowledged. Trade amounts to barely 31 billion CFA francs, and even shows a slight decrease (32.5 billion CFA francs in 2017) not exceeding 100 million euros. “These figures challenge us and encourage us to strengthen bilateral relations between our countries, through partnership and dynamic cooperation, which are factors in economic and social development,” the Ivorian President stressed.
In Ivory Coast, the Arab Contractors group is currently the most active Egyptian company. After having built the Jacqueville Bridge, the company is now working on the project to build warehouses in the freight area of Felix Houphouët Boigny airport in Abidjan.