Economic Diplomacy: Lebanese Community’s Impact in Ivory Coast

“Ivory Coast in the heart of Lebanon”. This is the theme that brought together Ivorians and Lebanese as part of strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries, on February 20, 2024. And this, at the initiative of engineers Wissam H. Chaccour and Joseph A. Chakhtoura, leaders of the Icdf Sal company, Beirut, Lebanon.

On this occasion, H.E.M. Kouamé Christophe Kouakou, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Côte d’Ivoire to the Lebanese Republic presented the business environment in Côte d’Ivoire. An environment marked by the particularly encouraging nature of the new 2018 investment code, as well as the investment opportunities offered by its country. But first, he recalled the excellence of the diplomatic relations which have existed so happily between his country and Lebanon since their establishment in 1961.

The Head of the diplomatic mission of Côte d’Ivoire in Lebanon highlighted the significant contribution of the Lebanese community to the Ivorian economy.

According to him, the economic and social successes constitute a vibrant call to invest in Ivory Coast. Ambassador Kouamé Christophe Kouakou also stressed that the promotion of investments and trade constitute the key axes of the action that he has driven in his mission since taking office at the head of the Ivorian diplomatic representation in Lebanon, two years ago.

It should be noted that several panelists spoke on this occasion, including economics professor Elie Yashouii; Maître Robert Geryessati, president of the Lebanese Federation of Businessmen; Mr. Aref Yassin, president of the Order of Engineers of Beirut; and Mr. Toufic Dabbousi, President of the Tripoli Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

These speakers successively noted not only the legendary hospitality of the Ivorians towards the Lebanese thanks to the first president of Côte d’Ivoire, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, and his worthy successor, President Alassane Ouattara. According to them, the Lebanese have found a second homeland in Ivory Coast. The panelists above all highlighted the exceptional economic performance of Côte d’Ivoire, despite the economic crisis the world is going through.

An honorary distinction was awarded to Ambassador Christophe Kouakou by the Lebanese Minister of Economy and Trade, Mr. Amin Salam, on behalf of the organizers, for his remarkable efforts to strengthen Ivorian-Lebanese relations.

This event, which welcomed H.E. Mr. Kouamé Christophe Kouakou, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Côte d’Ivoire, was under the sponsorship of the Lebanese Minister of Economy and Trade, Mr. Amin Salam.

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