Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Côte d’Ivoire and Niger from October 2 to 3. In Abidjan, the minister for Europe and foreign affairs will be received by President Alassane Ouattara.
This visit will focus on the challenges of economic diplomacy.
Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit, together with Côte d’Ivoire’s minister for transport, the future site of Abidjan’s metro system. This project, which will revolutionize the daily life of Abidjan’s citizens, will showcase the expertise of French firms in the field of urban mobility. In order to make this ambitious initiative possible, France will provide exceptional financial support to Côte d’Ivoire over the next three years. Jean-Yves Le Drian will also take part, alongside Vice-President Daniel Kablan Duncan, in the opening of “Les Rencontres Africa 2017,” which will bring together 1,500 companies from France, and North, West and Central Africa. The 2017 edition will include three regional events: After Abidjan from October 2 to 3, the companies may choose to go to Nairobi or Tunis, from October 4 to 6.
The minister for Europe and foreign affairs will also meet with the French community in Côte d’Ivoire, which has expanded by 25% in five years, reaching approximately 20,000 nationals.
In Niamey on October 3, Jean-Yves Le Drian will be received by President Mahamadou Issoufou. He will meet with his counterpart, Ibrahim Yacouba, to discuss the regional situation, notably the follow-up to the joint action plan on migration drawn up on August 28 in Paris.
He will visit the command post of the joint G5 Sahel force’s “center” sector to assess its scaling-up. He will visit the Europe’s EUCAP Sahel Niger mission, which is helping to strengthen the capabilities of the Nigerien defense and security forces as part of the fight against terrorism and organized crime.
Jean-Yves Le Drian will also visit an elementary school, whose pilot program is supported by the French Development Agency, in order to underscore the importance that France attaches to the issues relating to French language and culture, education and youth.