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Lenders pledge $26.1 billion to Ivory Coast 2021-25 plan

MULTILATERAL and bilateral lenders made a series of pledges to support Ivory Coast’s 2021-25 Development Plan totalling $26.1 billion, Prime Minister Patrick Achi said.

The West Africa Development Bank pledged 1 billion euros, the African Development Bank $4.3 billion, the World Bank $8.7 billion and the Islamic Development Bank $2 billion.

The European Union pledged 6 billion euros, and France pledged more than 4 billion euros.

Leaders of Ivory Coast, one of West Africa’s largest economies and the world’s top cocoa producer, held a consultative meeting with investors and development partners in the administrative capital Abidjan on Wednesday to raise funds for the five-year programme.

“The success we’ve seen is beyond what we expected. We had expected $15 billion in pledges, we have received $26.1 billion in total,” Achi announced, adding that Ivory Coast would be waiting for the pledges to be honoured.

The development plan will require $94.74 billion, with $24.65 billion expected to come from the public sector and $70.09 billion – or 74% of the amount – from the private sector.

By The African Mirror

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