Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, was accompanied by more than one hundred individuals from businesses and institutions, civil society and international cooperation organizations as he completed the second part of a mission to Africa on September 12 in Agidjan. During the mission, nine commercial and institutional agreements were signed.
Before flying to Burkina Faso, Minister Lisée visited the Autonomous Port of Abidjan and handed out certificates to twenty some employees who passed the port safety training course given by the Institut maritime du Québec (photo Augustin Boka).
“Our strong start in Senegal continued in Abidjan. These new business and institutional partnerships, which lay the foundations of many future joint projects, prove once again that Québec's expertise is sought after in Africa," stated the Minister.
Minister Lisée met with Daniel Kablan Duncan, the Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy and Finance. Their discussions concerned the friendly relations enjoyed by Québec and the Ivory Coast and the ways that their political and economic ties can be strengthened, especially in the following areas: