Remember Houphouet

Twenty-eight years ago, President Félix Houphouët-Boigny left us. But for those who believe in the forces of the spirit, he is still with us. He is alive in our hearts, in our beloved country by the strong values he defended, by the generous ideas he sowed throughout his life, by the multiple actions that were inspired by them and that allowed remarkable progress in all fields.

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Côte d’Ivoire: Here is the legacy that Houphouët left us

Starting from almost zero, without oil, gold or diamonds, and other mines in abundance, here is the legacy that Houphouët left us.

  • two autonomous ports,
  • one international airport plus five national airfields,
  • the first national airline in the sub-region,
  • two bridges in Abidjan, having himself participated in the construction of the first one just before independence and many others in the interior,
  • three university hospitals in Abidjan (expansion of the first one) + numerous regional hospitals,
    hundreds of water towers,
  • four hydroelectric dams.
  • the first sub-regional electricity production and distribution company,
  • the only country in Black Africa with all major cities connected by asphalt,
  • the first highway in black Africa (apart from South Africa),
  • the first oil refinery in Black Africa (apart from South Africa),
  • the first bitumen manufacturing company in Black Africa (apart from South Africa),
  • the first domestic butane distribution company directly connected to homes via an inter-city pipeline network,
    the largest oil palm plantation in the world,
  • the largest privately owned cocoa and coffee plantation, which he bequeathed in part to the state during his lifetime,
  • the largest sugar complex in Africa,
  • social housing in all cities through the first two state-owned companies in Africa dedicated to such a program,
    a decentralized public university system,
  • a modern political capital, a center for advanced university education,
  • millions of national and sub-regional executives trained in Côte d’Ivoire and abroad thanks to an efficient scholarship system
  • a peaceful and intelligent sub-regional community integration,
  • a business district structured on the American model,
  • a master plan for the economic capital programmed to be developed over 50 years, including 3 additional bridges,
  • a strategic reserve of animal proteins, cattle and sheep, containing more than 100,000 heads to face a possible shortage or political crisis with the border countries,
  • and for the anecdote, a palace with the first ice rink in Africa, before South Africa…

Almost everything had to be built. Not all the objectives were achieved. But he still made us before his death :

  • the second largest economy in ECOWAS and the first by far, had it not been for Nigeria’s oil,
  • the third largest African producer of yams,
  • the second largest African exporter of bananas,
  • the fourth largest exporter of pineapples in the world and the largest in Africa,
  • the world’s largest exporter of cocoa,
  • the first African exporter of coffee and the fourth worldwide,
  • the first African exporter of copra and fifth worldwide,
  • the first exporter of kola nuts in the world,
  • Africa’s largest cotton gin,
  • the world’s largest rubber tree yield,
  • the first African exporter of tuna and second in the world,
  • Africa’s leading producer and exporter of tropical flowers and plants,
  • the first African exporter of bitumen.

And above all, when it dies:

  • a United, Peaceful and Respected country,
  • the ONLY one in the sub-region, along with Senegal and to a lesser extent Guinea, that has not experienced a coup d’état.

Nana Boigny…Respect!

Young Christian and Muslim Leaders Trained in Peace and Social Cohesion

Young Muslim and Christian leaders of Yamoussoukro benefited from a training seminar on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the headquarters of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation) in Yamoussoukro. This seminar which focused on peace and social cohesion was led by experts Mr. Ernest YAO KOFFI and Lucien ZAHOULI TIE BI of the illustrious institution of peace.

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Celebration of the International Day of Peace 2020

Celebrated by the UNESCO Office in Abidjan and the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation) on Monday, September 21, 2020, the International Day of Peace had as its theme: “Shaping Peace Together: Today and Tomorrow with Youth”.

To the many young people who came from all regions of Côte d’Ivoire, Pr. Adama DIAWARA, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research representing the Prime Minister Mr. Hamed BAKAYOKO, asked to avoid being used as sofas by some politicians during his speech. “We must promote values, behaviors and attitudes that contribute to the construction of peaceful and inclusive societies” he recommended. He also called for the civic spirit of Ivorians to create a peaceful electoral environment. “The presidential election should not be a vector of tension, but rather a privileged way to maintain and strengthen social peace,” he advised.

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Femajeci strengthens the capacities of Association Leaders

Theme: "Training of Youth Association Leaders in peace, democratic culture, mutual understanding and respect for the barrier measures related to COVID-19, for a peaceful electoral environment".

Femajeci organized a training seminar in collaboration with the Félix Houphouet Boigny Foundation for Peace Research. This activity took place in Yamoussoukro from September 9 to 11, 2020, with Young Leaders from different parts of the Ivory Coast. Our modest contribution to strengthen the social climate of our country during this election period.

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Training Seminar for the Members of Renabec – Videos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research is organizing in partnership with the National Network for the Well-being of Drivers (RENABEC) and the O.S.E.R (Road Safety Office) a training seminar for road transport professionals from July 22 to 24, 2020 in Yamoussoukro. This seminar will focus on the theme: “The commitment of road transport professionals in favour of security, peace and the respect of barrier measures related to the covid-19 pandemic, for a peaceful electoral environment in Côte d’Ivoire”.

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200 Women Leaders of the Department of Gagnoa Trained in the Culture of Peace, Civism and Non-Violence

On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 200 women leaders from the department of Gagnoa benefited from a training workshop on the culture of peace, civic-mindedness and non-violence during elections.

This training, provided by two experts from the Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation), aimed to build the capacity of leaders of women’s associations for the promotion of peace through the respect of civic values and non-violence.

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