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All the conference speeches will be given in either the French or the English language.
The speeches will be translated simultaneously by people with knowledge of the tuna industry.

Port of Abidjan

 

The port of Abidjan is Africa’s most important tuna port, with about 100.000 M/T of Atlantic tuna being landed and transshipped each year.

 

Purse seiners with EU, Ghanaian, and various other flags frequent the modern port annually, which has excellent discharging facilities, large cold storages and also 3 large tuna processing plants (SCODI,PFCI and Castelli) with a combined processing capacity of around 130,000 M/T of raw frozen tuna yearly.

 

The port is the center of the African Atlantic tuna fisheries, due to its excellent facilities and infrastructure. With political stability and security having returned to the country, the port activities are expanding rapidly and attracting more vessels.

 

Each year also about 50,000 M/T or more than 3,000 containers of processed tuna products are loaded in Abidjan for shipment to various export markets.

 

 

 

Abidjan Port Extension

 

Construction work to re-modernize and expand Abidjan port in Cote d’Ivoire began in June, and is likely to leave promising prospects for the African tuna industry.

 

An enlargement of the Virdi Canal, minerals terminal and the construction of a second container zone will now allow the port to handle 2.25 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), making it the largest port in West Africa in terms of capacity. The project should create more space and opportunities for the seafood and tuna industry by 2020.

 

The plans for the African tuna hub have been described by the Director General of the port, Hien Yacouba, as part of a strategic company plan to improve the infrastructure, performance of port operations, logistics and environmental responsibility. He said the goals is to “reposition our port and give it the opportunity to fully play its role to benefit the national and regional economy.”

 

 



Abidjan

 


The African Tuna Conference will be held in the former French colony’s biggest city Abidjan. At lot of national treasures can be found here, since this used to be the capital. The Conference’s luxury hotel, the iconic Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire, can be considered one of them. Combining French luxury with African charm, it represents the former colony’s culture.

 

The modern city of Abidjan houses a handful of places worth visiting. Most of them are only a couple of minutes away from the hotel.

 

National Museum

The National Museum contains a fascinating collection of artifacts that tell the country’s history from the Stone Age to the present. Though the museum was robbed a number of times during politically unstable times, it still houses a collection of over 20,000 objects. Among these are musical instruments, pottery, coins, masks and, of course, some ivory.

 

St. Paul’s Cathedral

 

Another must-see attraction in the capital of Abidjan is St. Paul’s Cathedral. This modern church, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the city of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The cathedral, which was designed by architect Aldo Spirito, serves as the motherchurch for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Abidjan.

 

 

The first stone of the cathedral was consecrated on May 11, 1980 by Pope John Paul II during his first pastoral visit to Côte d'Ivoire . He also dedicated the building completion on August 10, 1985 during a second visit to the country. The cost of implementing this architectural work is estimated at $11.7 million.

 

Saint Paul's Cathedral served as a refuge for approximately 1,800 Ivorians fleeing violence during the height of the 2010–2011 Ivorian crisis which engulfed Abidjan.

 

Parc du Banco

 

Parc du Banco is Abidjan’s version of NY’s Central Park, only ten times bigger and countless times more fascinating. It is home to a diverse collection of hard woods, flowers, bushes and wildlife that you won’t find in first world countries. Parc du Banco has modern tracks for walkers as well as has picnic facilities, a restaurant and an arboretum.

 

Le Plateau

 

A lot of modern sky scrapers can be found in Le Plateau, the central commercial district of Abidjan. La Pyramide is one of the most striking buildings in the city. Notable are the both western and African shops, offices, and restaurants.

 



 


Côte d’Ivoire

 

Throughout the rest of the country, recent tourists recommend visiting beaches, national parks and some remarkable places Africa should be proud of. Why not visit the rest of Côte d’Ivoire, while you’re at it?

 

Yamoussoukro

 

The country’s capital houses a lively market as well as the Palace and Plantations of the President and the Mosque, but the reason why Yamoussoukro is truly worth a visit is the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (French: Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro), which is the largest church in the world.

 

 

It’s a slightly more modern replica of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, though claimed to be the largest church in the world. Yamoussoukro was the birthplace of Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who was Côte d'Ivoire's president for 33 years. The cathedral was paid for almost entirely out of his own pocket. The structure contains more stained glass than is found in all of France and is a spectacular sight.

 

Grand-Bassam

 

The historic town of Grand-Bassam, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the first capital of Côte d’Ivoire. It is an example of a late 19th- and early 20th-century colonial town planned with quarters specializing in commerce, administration, housing for Europeans and for Africans. Grand-Bassam was the most important port, economic and judicial center of Côte d’Ivoire. The world heritage site covers the historic colonial architecture part of town marked by functional houses with galleries, verandas and gardens, and an adjacent African fishing village lying on a sandy peninsula separating a coastal lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean.

 

 

Assouinde

 

Côte d’Ivoire knows how to pamper its tourist as well as its rich inhabitants at the beach resort of Assouinde. Located just 30 miles outside Abidjan, this resort is famous for its long stretches of palm-fringed, uncrowded beaches, small seaside hotels and excellent surfing conditions. Assouinde is perfect for some relaxation after stressful working days.

 


 

Tiagba

 

Located in the south-central part of Côte d'Ivoire, Tiagba is a coastal community popular with tourists because nearly all of the homes here are built on stilts. Visitors can spend the night in one of the traditional stilt homes and enjoy a fresh seafood meal at one of the seaside restaurants.

 

National Parks

 

The 7,000 square mile Comoe National Park is one of the largest in West Africa and is a UNESCO World Heritage designation because of the park’s pristine rain forest and diversity of plant and wildlife. Some other parks are the Taï National Park, one of the last remaining primary tropical forests and Nimba Strict Nature Reserve.

 

 

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