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Ivory Coast News
Supporters of indicted ex-Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo are enraged, but not surprised at the arrest warrant issued against his wife Simone Gbagbo by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The ICC said the former Ivorian First Lady was wanted for alleged crimes against humanity committed in the wake of violence after the disputed presidential elections in 2010.
Ivorian authorities have announced a nine percent increase in the price of cocoa, as the country enters the major cocoa trading season.
Cocoa at the farm gate will now sell for 725 francs CFA per kilo for the over 700,000 metric tonnes exported annually.
Ivorian authorities are developing a new strategy to combat money laundering that seeks to protect the construction industry and other businesses in danger of being infiltrated.
The Ivorian government has therefore reactivated the national financial data processing department to help track money launderers.
The Ivorian government and development partners are strategizing to find solutions to the country’s high unemployment rate put at four million and affecting mainly the youths.
The National Institute of Statistics (INS) reports that about 60 percent of Ivorians between the ages of 18 and 35 are unemployed.
Following a barrage of contradictory statements this week over the treatment of political prisoners in Ivory Coast, the government has confirmed it shifted some detainees for ‘security reasons’.
Ivorian Prime Minister Jeannot Kouadio-Ahoussou said the transfers were necessary and partly intended to protect the prisoners, many of whom are former soldiers and supporters of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, from threats of abduction.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) has launched a project aimed at establishing legal and judicial support for the victims of Cote d’Ivoire's post-election violence that ended in April 2011.
The violence involving supporters of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo and incumbent President Alasanne Ousttara, left over 3,000 people killed and thousands who suffered human rights abuses.
Another mass grave has been discovered in the district of Togué, in Duekoue, western Cote d’Ivoire, scene of massacres in the post-election crisis pitting alleged supporters of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo and President Alassane Ouattara.
The dead have been formally identified as former refugees in a camp in Duékoué, which was the scene of a number of vicious attacks in July that left the camp effectively destroyed.
Liberia has joined the West African Power Pool Project aimed at helping improve the electricity access of countries in Western African countries.
The project is a cooperation of national electricity companies in West Africa under the patronage of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The 323 million Euros project is financed by the World Bank.
A new report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation says 17 sub-Saharan countries are among the 50 economies making the biggest improvement in business regulation for domestic firms.
The improvement has been going on since 2005.
Since the end of the post-election armed conflict in April last year, pitting supporters of President Alassane Outarra and ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, the western region of Cote d’Ivoire has been plagued with violence.
Now, President Alassane Ouattara has held a meeting in Abidjan with citizens of Western Cote d’Ivoire, the region of Gbagbo, paving the way for peace and security to reign in that volatile region.