The Ivory Coast tourism is all prepared to get transformed with $5.8bn tourism plan

Published on : Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Ivory Coast is aiming to secure prime investment to see the country turning out to be Africa’s fifth biggest tourism destination by 2025.


Last month, Minister of Tourism Siandou Fofana sent a strategy document to the African Development Bank, interested in implementing a US$5.8bn plan.


The document, entitled ‘Sublime Côte d’Ivoire’, was offered to the Vice-President of the Bank, responsible for Private sector, Infrastructure and Industrialisation, Pierre Guislain, at the headquarters in Abidjan.


“We have come to share this new vision for Côte d’Ivoire with the Bank and to secure your help and financial support. We need your help to pool resources to carry this project out,” Minister Fofana said.


One of the projects is the Abidjan Business City, a plan to develop a central point for organizing conventions in the country, where there is no important conference able to accommodate 5,000 people at present. “There is, therefore, a need to move quickly in that regard,” the minister said.


Other projects comprise a leisure park and proposals to build up the aviation sector and boost up airport passenger flow to three million.


“All this will drive employment and our intention is to create 375,000 new jobs. From 2025, we plan to welcome four to five million tourists, to make this sector the fourth economic pillar of the country and to make Ivory Coast the fifth biggest tourism power on the continent and the joint leader in African business tourism,” Fofana said.


Guislain praised the progress of the country in tourism, saying it was essential for investors.


“The Bank finances many infrastructure projects (energy and roads) that are essential to the development of tourism. We also financed the expansion of Air Côte d’Ivoire, whose development is essential for tourism to flourish in the country,” he added.


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