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Ivory Coast News
In a bid to reduce the high unemployment rate in Cote d’Ivoire, authorities are exploring the creation of job opportunities that will attract the youths to enable government tackle the socio-economic challenges facing the country.
Billed “green jobs”, the initiative will cover garbage collection and its industrial processing as well as reforestation, among other employment opportunities that will ensure sustainable development and environmental protection.
The United States Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire has placed emphasis on the training of personnel of the local media in the West African nation emerging from a bloody post-election conflict.
To implement the training American experts are in Abidjan, the capital, to help build the knowledge Ivorian journalists, including those from local community radios ahead of next year’s local elections.
Advocacy groups Amnesty International and Greenpeace Netherlands have called for criminal investigation into the dumping of toxic waste in 2006 in Cote d’Ivoire by multi-national firm Trafigura.
Titled the “Toxic Truth”, the report released Tuesday is the result of a three-year investigation and provides an in-depth examination of the tragic litany of failures that created a medical, political and environmental disaster.
Suy Kahofi/WADR Correspondent
Blood pouches not screened and believed to be contaminated are being circulated in the Ivory Coast by some unscrupulous individuals in the wake of the current blood shortage, sparking serious concerns by authorities of the National Blood Transfusion Center.
Amid threats being faced from piracy in the Gulf of Guinea along the West and Central African coast, maritime, security experts and other stakeholders are drawing up strategies to combat the menace at a sub-regional conference.
By William Selmah/WADR Correspondent
A sub-regional meeting of human rights activists is underway in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, with participants expected to review activities and progress in human rights advocacies in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Liberia.
The European Union Delegation to Liberia has identified social exclusion and discrimination as two issues that remain obstacles to Liberia’s pursuit of inclusive economic development and a likely source of future conflict unless adequately addressed, an EU press statement said in Monrovia on Tuesday..
Human Rights Watch (HWR) has called on authorities in Ivory Coast to ensure that the 41 suspected Ivorian dissidents extradited from Liberia on June 23 are given the due process of law, access to lawyer and that their rights are respected.
Eyebrows are being raised in Ivory Coast over the awarding of a grand multi-million Euro road and bridge construction project to yet another French Company.
The sub-regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States has called on the international community to “recognize and support” the transitional government in Guinea Bissau, where an ECOWAS Standby Force has since been deployed.
The former ruling party, PAIGC had opposed the formation of the transitional government.