Fight Against Child Labor:
It is another acknowledgment, and not the least. The efforts of the First Lady, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara in the fight against child labor have been welcomed, on Thursday, June 6th, 2013 at the 23rd meeting of the partnership of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) in Washington, by all stakeholders and partners involved in cocoa growing. Absent for reasons of timing, the President of the National Oversight Committee (NOC) was represented at the meeting, which was attended by over a hundred participants, by Mrs. Sylvie Patricia Yao, Executive Secretary of that structure, also Chief of Staff of Ivorian First Lady’s Office.
The objective of the partnership meetings of the WCF aim to unite the efforts of the private sector and the public sector for sustainable world cocoa economy. So at this important meeting between the various stakeholders and partners in Cocoa Mrs. Patricia Yao Sylvie was asked to present the First Lady’s reforms and actions in the fight against the worst forms of child labor. during the panel, which theme was: "The reform of cocoa sector in Côte d'Ivoire". A statement hailed at its fair value by American players working in the field of cocoa. Thus, Mrs. Patricia Yao Sylvie noted, right from the start, that child labor in cocoa exposed Côte d'Ivoire on the international scene as a user's country of child labor. She stressed that this issue is a priority for the Government taking measures for its elimination. She then presented the new institutional arrangements set up by President Alassane Ouattara to remedy the problematic. These include the creation of the National Oversight Committee (NOC) chaired by the First Lady and the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), chaired by the Minister of State, Minister for Employment, Social Affairs and vocational training, Mr. Moussa Dosso.