11th Edition of the Abidjan International Book Fair

The 11th edition of the Abidjan International Book Fair (SILA 2019) was held from May 15 to 19, 2019 at the Palais de la Culture in Treichville. This edition, which had as its theme: “the book, my daily companion”, was an opportunity to bring all social strata closer to the question of the book. SILA remains a platform for interaction between book professionals from all walks of life, a time for capacity building and sharing experiences. Workshops, round tables and book signings of literary works have been organized for this purpose. The writer Véronique TADJO was the guest of honour of SILA 2019.

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation Editions (FHB Editions) did not remain on the sidelines of this great event by promoting its literary products. At the stand of the FHB Foundation publishing house, authors signed their books published in 2018, notably Professor Jean-Noël LOUCOU for “Speeches and Messages by Félix Houphouët-Boigny”, Doctor René-Pierre ANOUMA for “Côte d’Ivoire, Naissance et Devenir d’une nation”, Mrs Sophie BOATING for the comic strip “Félix Houphouët-Boigny”, Professor Amani N’GORAN for “Le Psychodrame Œdipien, Enjeu psychodynamique pour le jeu de Football” and Mr Jérôme Kouakou YA for “Hommage Publics à Félix Houphouët-Boigny”.

The Sila 2019 Grand Prize went to Mr. Hermann GAUDE, with his novel “Comrade Papa”.

Council of Ministers of April 24, 2019

On April 24, 2019, the President of the Republic, H.E. Mr Alassane OUATTARA, presided over a Council of Ministers at the headquarters of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation) in Yamoussoukro.

At this council, several decisions were taken, including a project to support the governance of the coffee and cocoa sector to increase producers’ incomes and improve access to electricity in rural areas to enable the installation of 2027 km of overhead power lines, 23,549 connections and 22,960 public lighting households.

The Council also adopted two decrees to finance the project for roads to open up cross-border areas – Phase 1 – Bondoukou section – Soko Ghana border. This project includes, in particular, the development and asphalting of cross-border roads, as well as the remediation and development of several kilometres of runways.