Saturday, May 21, 2011

Côte d’Ivoire President’s Inauguration Ceremony

In view of AfricaRice’s historical ties with Côte d’Ivoire, which is its permanent headquarters, the Director General and the AfricaRice Country Representative were invited by the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technology to the inauguration ceremony of the new President in Yamoussoukro on 21 May.

The ceremony was attended by more than 20 heads of state, representatives from many other countries, UN agencies and other international institutions.

After the ceremony, the Director General met with the AfricaRice Board member Yo Tiemoko (Director General of the Centre National de Recherche Agronomique, CNRA, Côte d’Ivoire), the Director of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Adviser to the Minister of Education in Côte d’Ivoire to discuss issues related to the Center’s return to its headquarters, security concerns and the assistance needed from the Government of Côte d’Ivoire.

The delegation also took the opportunity to visit the AfricaRice headquarters in Bouaké, where the facilities are well maintained and there is no damage to property.