Abidjan (UNA-OIC) – On Sunday, the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire celebrated the 62nd anniversary of independence amid calls for moving forward in strengthening economic growth and intensifying political dialogue to promote stability and development.
In a speech dedicated to this occasion, the Ivorian President Alassane Dramane Ouattara stressed that the celebration of Independence Day comes as an emblement of peace and social coherence.
“It is a call for peace to all our citizens,” President Ouattara added.
Ouattara explained that despite the external pressures on the Ivorian economy, notably the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, Côte d’Ivoire “enjoys positive economic prospects”, noting that his country intends to strengthen its economy through investments and implementation of economic and structural reforms.
Referring to the challenges caused by the pandemic, Ouattara said that Côte d’Ivoire showed during the health crisis its ability to withstand and limit the consequences of this crisis.
“We are working to effectively combat global inflationary pressures to enable the population to maintain their purchasing power through various measures taken by the government,” he added.
On the political level, Ouattara cited the holding of the fifth phase of the political dialogue and the recommendations that emerged from it, which “strongly supported the calming of the political climate in our country.”