Improvement of the Living Conditions of Ivoirians
An idyll between the women of Côte d'Ivoire and President Alassane Ouattara. It is the image that stems from the tribute and support ceremony to the President of the Republic, organized by the women of Côte d'Ivoire, on Saturday, April 08th, 2017 at the “Palais de la Culture“ of Treichville. They were thousands from all parts of the country, storming the building for the occasion transformed into a meeting place. For women, a single slogan of the day: to testify their unwavering support and recognition to the Head of State for his actions in favor of the well-being of the Ivorians and the development of the country. And this, after the waves of strikes that shook the country a few months ago.
A praiseworthy project that convinced Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire to accept the presidency of this ceremony. The wife of the head of state took advantage of this forum to express her pride to women for this undertaking. For her, the mobilization of the women of the country testifies not only the special ties that bind them to President Alassane Ouattara, but also to the recognition they give him for the important work he has accomplished in such a short time for the country. "(...) Celebrating President Alassane Ouattara means a recognition of the important work he is doing in serving our people, according to the mandate you have given him. I would like to express my pride in being one of you, one of these generous Ivorian women, committed to working for the community, "said the First Lady. This recognition ceremony, for Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, is rightly appropriate because it allows women to give their opinion on the fate of the country. "You are right to celebrate the President, to show the world that you women, you have your say on the great changes that are taking place every day in your life and in the daily life of your families. And in this, I am not surprised because the women of Côte d'Ivoire are wonderful, frightful and determined, "congratulated Mrs. Dominique Ouattara. And to give a response to women, the wife of the head of state Alassane Ouattara enumerated some qualitative improvements that allowed the country to reposition itself on the international scene under the term of President Alassane Ouattara.
« Le visage de notre pays a considérablement changé. De nombreuses conférences et des sommets internationaux se tiennent ici à présent. De multiples sociétés s’installent à Abidjan et recrutent des ivoiriens dans différents secteurs d’activités. En quelques années, le Président Alassane Ouattara a réussi à augmenter le SMIC dans notre pays, à débloquer les avancements et augmenter les salaires des fonctionnaires, et à ouvrir les portes à nos filles, de tous les métiers qui leur étaient autrefois inaccessibles. Par ailleurs, de grands chantiers sont en cours, pour améliorer les infrastructures et moderniser le pays », a cité Madame Dominique Ouattara. Selon elle, toutes ces améliorations qualitatives sont le résultat d’un travail acharné, mené par le Président de la République, pour améliorer les conditions de vie des ivoiriens et repositionner notre pays sur l’échiquier international.
"The image of our country has changed intensely. Many conferences and international summits are now held here. Multiple companies set up shop in Abidjan and recruit Ivorians in various sectors of activity. Within a few years, President Alassane Ouattara succeeded in increasing the SMIC in our country, unblocking advances and raising civil servants' salaries, and opening the doors to our daughters from all the trades that were once inaccessible to them. In addition, major projects are underway to improve infrastructure and modernize the country, "quoted Mrs. Dominique Ouattara. According to her, all these qualitative improvements are the result of hard work, carried out by the President of the Republic, to improve the living conditions of Ivorians and to reset our country on the international scene.
The other success of President Alassane Ouattara is undoubtedly the support he has given to the Support Fund for the Women of Côte d'Ivoire (FAFCI), initiated in 2012 by the First Lady. Today, the success of this women's microproject funding program has enabled 115,000 women to become autonomous. "To help you carry out your activities, I created the FAFCI, with the support of my husband, the President of the Republic, because he is the first lawyer for women. Today, you are nearly 115,000 women, and many more of our sisters will be added soon. Yes, my dear sisters, the President has complete confidence in the capacity of women to take their place in the political, social and economic development of the country, "said the wife of the head of state. But long before her, Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of Côte d'Ivoire and sponsor of the ceremony, congratulated the women for this exceptional mobilization. For him, this ceremony of tribute to the President of the Republic is legitimate and justified when one knows the great achievements he has did for Côte d'Ivoire. Moreover, Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan invited women to support President Alassane Ouattara. "He certainly did a lot. But there is still much to do. President Alassane Ouattara has great ambitions to turn Côte d'Ivoire into an emerging country by 2020”, he revealed.
The Honorable Bobby Assa, representative of President Henri Konan Bédié, invited women to support President Alassane Ouattara. She called on women to unite around the Head of State.
Kandia Kamissoko Camara, Minister of National and Technical Education, also initiator of this ceremony, thanked the First Lady for her commitment to the populations. She also thanked her for her daily support to the Head of State.
Mr. Antoine Gozon, representative of the Mayor of Treichville, thanked the First Lady, Dominique Ouattara for her many actions for the benefit of the populations of Mayor Albert François Amichia.
The ceremony was attended by several personalities including Ministers Anne Désirée Ouloto, Bakayoko Ly Ramata, Koné Mariatou, Raymonde Goudou Coffie, Jean-Claude Brou, Thierry Tanoh and Mrs. Henriette Dagri Diabaté, Great Chancellor of the National Order. Several artists brought the musical and festive note to this ceremony.