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Ivory Coast News
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.
While the international community focuses on Western Ivory Coast marred by a spate of recent violence, the UN Mission (UNOCI) has urged development partners to also look at what is happening in the North of country, faced with severe challenges as well.
Ivory Coast has received over US$4 billion in debt relief from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Relatives of some of the 41 Ivorian nationals, who are said to be pro Gbagbo fighters extradited over the weekend for reported involvement in subversive activities, say they are worried about their safety.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and The World Bank (WB) have joined forces to help strengthen transparency and accountability in public procurement through collaboration among government, civil society and the private sector.
According to The World Bank, public procurement represents about 50% to 70% of total government spending in many developing countries. It is also a major source of revenue to the private sector.
--Liberia to extradite 40 suspected dissidents
The United Nations Special Representative in Ivory Coast Bert Koenders has criticized Ivorian political actors for engaging in a war of words through the media, which is undermining national reconciliation.
At the same time, Liberia is poised to extradition some 40 suspected Ivorian dissidents to be tried in their home country.
--but Liberia says its side calm
By Suy Kahofi/WADR Abidjan Correspondent
Fear and panic have engulfed Western Ivory Coast, since the recent raids believed to have come out of neighbouring Liberia, with somw war weary civilians harbouring a feeling of despair.