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When I first came to Cote ...
When I first came to Cote d'Ivoire, President Felix Houphouet Boigny was fond of saying that he is determined to create "un ilot de prosperité dans un océan de misère".
That was one of his wise quotations.
He led Cote d'Ivoire to make remarkable achievements such as: producing 1.33 million tons of cocoa; 400,000 tons of palm oil; 450,000 tons of coffee; 200,000 tons or rubber; 1.0 million tons of rice etc., etc. etc.
These are remarkable achievements compared to a country such as Cameroon.
However, on hindsight I think that President Houphouet Boigny was completely mistaken in this vision because the forces of poverty in neighboring countries are now moving in, like gigantic cockroaches, to destroy the island of prosperity which he thought he was creating.
But after the death in 1988 of Abdoulaye Fadiga, the Ivorian Governor of BCEAO, President Houphouet Boigny saw nothing wrong with naming Alassane Dramane Ouattara to the position of Governor because his overriding concern was always to find someone who was competent for the job.
But as "l'appetit vient en mangeant", President Houphouet Boigny decided in 1989 to appoint Alassane Dramane Ouattara, the Governor of BCEAO to become the Chairman of an interministerial committee to reform and stabilize the floundering Ivorian economy.
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The self-styled ‘Alliance of Houphouetistes' consists of politicians who were formerly close to Felix Houphouet Boigny, Cote d'Ivoire's first president, who ruled from independence in 1960 until his death in office in 1993.
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Although Ouattara served as prime minister under Cote d'Ivoire's first president, Felix Houphoet Boigny, he was excluded from the last presidential election in 2000 on the grounds that he was not a full-blooded Ivorian.
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The commemorative ceremonies were supposed to take place in Yamoussoukro, the political capital of the country and hometown of the First President of Cote d'Ivoire, Felix Houphouet Boigny.
Q: Please explain in detail about the Chief Executive of your country, including his
major achievements, political philosophy, family and hobbies.A: His
Excellency Mr. Henri Konan Bedie was born on May 5 in 1934 in Daoukro in the centre-east part of Cote d'Ivoire
.He holds a degree in Law and a Ph.D in Economics.
Before taking over as Head of State in 1993, President Bedie held several important posts.He
served as: -Ambassador of Cote d'Ivoire
to the United States and Canada (1961-1966); -Minister of Finance and Economy (1966-1977); -Special Adviser at the S.F.I.
(Society Financiere International) of the World Bank
Group (1978-1980); -President of the Ivorian National Assembly
(1980-1993).President Bedie also holds many national and foreign decorations.He
is known to be a bibliophile and a numismatist.
Considered as the longest serving Director of State Protocol in the world, Ambassador Ouegnin served President Félix Houphouët Boigny, Côte d'Ivoire's first President for 33 years, President Henri Konan Bédié from 1993 to 1999, Head of State General Robert Guei and President Laurent Gbagbo, first President of Côte d'Ivoire's second Republic.