08 June 2016 Current Affairs: President Pranab Mukherjee will be presented National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the highest award of the West African country where he will be on a two day visit starting June 14.
It will be the first ever high level visit from India to Ivory Coast. Mukherjee has been invited by Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara.
Mukherjee will have one-to-one with Ouattara followed by delegation level talks. The President would also be handed the key to the city of Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast.
India and Cote d'Ivoire enjoy warm and friendly relations sharing common values of democracy, development and secularism. The bilateral relations are marked by mutual respect and understanding on various bilateral and multilateral issues. India and Cote d'Ivoire bilateral trade grew from USD 344.99 million in 2010-11 to USD 841.85 million in 2014-15.
Ivory Coast : Ivory Coast is a republic with a strong executive power invested in its President. Through the production of coffee and cocoa, the country was an economic powerhouse in West Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. Ivory Coast went through an economic crisis in the 1980s, contributing to a period of political and social turmoil. Changing into the 21st-century Ivorian economy is largely market-based and still relies heavily on agriculture, with smallholder cash-crop production being dominant.
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