2018 Wish Presentation: Minister Souleymane Diarrassouba unveils the main lines of action for the new year.

The agents of the Ministry of Commerce, Handicrafts and Promotion of SMEs, presented Thursday, January 18, their wishes to Minister Souleymane Diarrassouba, at YEMAD space…

The agents of the Ministry of Commerce, Handicrafts and Promotion of SMEs, presented Thursday, January 18, their wishes to Minister Souleymane Diarrassouba, at YEMAD space.
  On this occasion, Minister Souleymane Diarrassouba unveiled the main lines of action in terms of internal and external trade, crafts and SMEs.
  With regard to Internal Trade, he announced the finalization of the merchant card issuance process, studies on the Abidjan exhibition park and the reform of the food marketing policy, with the restructuring of the OCPV.
  Also in the same chapter, actions against the fight against the cost of living will be reinforced as well as the consumer organizations to make them partners in the framework of the
  fight against unfair and anti-competitive practices. It is also planned the creation of the National Council of Consumption.

In terms of foreign trade, we note the improvement of the national export policy, the strengthening of the capacities of the national actors to penetrate the international markets and the visibility of the Ivory Coast through the participation in all the high level international meetings dedicated to Trade.
Regarding the Crafts, Minister Souleymane Diarrassouba said that his department will secure the artisanal sites of N’Dotré, Abobo Sagbé, Modeste and Grand Bassam and carry out essential work to the viabilisation of these sites.
In addition, the process of transferring the Abobo junk yard to N’Dotré will be finalized this year and funding will be sought to build support infrastructure for Crafts. It will also be a question of completing the process of renewal of the proceedings of the National Chamber of Trades of Côte d’Ivoire.

With regard to SMEs, 2018 will see the operationalization of the status of the entrepreneur, including the social and fiscal benefits attached to the status and the development of the national entrepreneurship development strategy. As well as the Ivorian Fund for Innovation and Incubators of Abidjan and Yamoussoukro.

The supervision of women entrepreneurs will be strengthened to facilitate their access to the credit line of 5 billion FCFA granted by the Atlantic Bank.

Finally, the terms of use of the master agreements signed with the banking system will be finalized for credit facilities of 30 billion CFAF for SMEs; Studies on the establishment of the Guarantee Fund and the operationalization of the CI-SME Agency.


“If your commitment and determination remain, the social and material environment will impact the achievement of results,” said Minister Souleymane Diarrassouba.


Long before, the Chief of Staff, Sepy Yessoh Narcisse, presented the achievements of 2017. These are, among others, the validation of the national AGOA strategy, the restructuring of the National Council for the Fight against the Expensive Life (CNLVC), the identification artisanal sites acquired on behalf of the Ministry and the conclusion of studies on the establishment of the Guarantee Fund dedicated to SMEs.




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