A festive reception brought together senior Ivorian and Chinese authorities in Abidjan on Friday to mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Côte d’Ivoire.
In 35 years, Sino-Ivorian relations have stood the test of time and strengthened. The two countries, “faithful to the principles of equality, benefit and mutual respect”, have become “good friends” and “good partners”, bound by sincerity and mutual trust and working together for mutual cooperation beneficial.
Chinese and Ivorian gastronomy, were offered by the Chinese ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Tang Weibin, to his guests including Ivorian Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan, and many members of the Ivorian government.
The Chinese ambassador cited the financial support of his country for many important infrastructure projects, including the Soubré dam, the Abidjan-Bassam highway, the extension of the port of Abidjan, the installation of the video surveillance network in Abidjan, the extension of the national electricity network or the supply of drinking water in Abidjan.
He also cited social projects such as the Palace of Culture of Abidjan, the hospital of Gagnoa, the House of Deputies in Yamoussoukro, a center for the fight against malaria and the high school of excellence of Anyama, all of donations from the Chinese government.
China has become “the first source country of financing” of Côte d’Ivoire, said Tang Weibin, not without insisting on increased investment by Chinese companies.
In the sectors of mining, agricultural processing, logistics and trade, the volume of Chinese investments to Côte d’Ivoire amounts to 200 million dollars, according to him.