Conference on the New Silk Roads

On Saturday, June 15, 2019, a conference was held at the headquarters of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research in Yamoussoukro on the theme: “The New Silk Roads, Opportunities for Africa: The Case of Côte d’Ivoire”. This conference, organized by the Association pour la Sauvegarde et la Promotion de la Pensée d’El Hadj-Boubacar Gamby Sakho (ASPP-BGS) in partnership with the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research, brought together about four hundred students, mainly from the Institut National Polytechnique Houphouët-Boigny de Yamoussoukro. The objectives were: to improve China’s knowledge and visibility in Côte d’Ivoire, to present the Chinese development model, with particular emphasis on the crucial role played by the “Silk Road”; to lay the foundations for the bilateral partnership between Côte d’Ivoire and China, between Chinese and Ivorian industrialists, between Chinese and Ivorian researchers and to raise the impact of Chinese culture on the harmonious development of Côte d’Ivoire.

The series of speeches began with that of Professor Jean-Noël LOUCOU, Secretary General of the FHB Foundation. He expressed his institution’s pleasure in hosting this meeting and the great personalities. He did not fail to greet the ASPP-BGS association by highlighting the qualities of the one whose name it bears, the Confucius Institute which helps to promote the Chinese language and culture and the eminent speakers.

As for Mr Boubacar FOFANA, President of the ASPP-BGS Association, he thanked the personalities present and all the audience before indicating the values embodied by the one whose name the association bears, namely the rapprochement between men, cultures and civilizations.
The series of speeches ended with that of Mr Liu YUNSHENG, Director of the Confucius Institute, whose speech focused on the theme: “Equity is a thought of sustainable development for the objective of living together”.

Two conferences were given on the following themes: “Presentation of the new Silk Roads: opportunities for Africa, the case of Côte d’Ivoire” and “Africa and the new Silk Roads: cultural and strategic approach”.

The first lecture was given by Mr. Sébastien PÉRIMONY of the Schiller Institute. The speaker first presented the purpose of the project, which is to put an end to centuries of conflict, war and colonialism. The aim is to put an end to a conception of the economy that favours the strongest and move on to a world of mutual development, co-development and dialogue between cultures. He then described the history of the New Silk Roads Project.

The second lecture was delivered by Mr Pierre FAYARD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Poitiers. The speaker developed the theme: “Africa and the new silk routes: a cultural and strategic approach” around culture, the economy and the strategy of conquest. He concluded by justifying the project for the new Silk Roads with the strategic argument that only those who see far can win.

After the series of questions to the speakers by the audience, the conference ended with a visit to an image exhibition presented by the Confucius Institute.

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”.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Winner of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize for the peace research 2019

Mr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, is the winner of the 2019 edition of the UNESCO Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize for the peace research.
He was appointed on April 29, 2019 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris by the new jury of this prize consisting of:
Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Laureate, and Chair of the Jury (Liberia),
Mr. Forest Whitaker, actor, director and producer, Founder of the NGO Peace and Develop Initiative, Special Envoy of UNESCO (United States of America),
His Excellency Mr. François Hollande, former President of the French Republic, former laureate of the Houphouët-Boigny Prize, Vice-President of the Jury (France),
S.A.S Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Princess of Jordan, UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace (Kingdom of Jordan),
Mr. Michel Camdessus, former director of the International Monetary Fund (France).
Professor Muhammad Yunus, economist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (Bangladesh).

Students trained in community life, leadership and the culture of peace

A training seminar was organized for members of the “Icônes de la paix” club of Nangui Abrogoua University (IP-UNA) in Abidjan, from April 16 to 18, 2019 by the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for the peace research at its headquarters in Yamoussoukro. Its theme was “associative life, leadership, and a culture of peace” and allowed members of the Peace Icons to be educated on ways and means to bring a new momentum of peace to academia by developing their leadership and their ability to work as a team.

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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.

Teacher-trainers trained in public spirit and the promotion of a peaceful school environment

The Peace Research Department of the FHB Foundation organised a seminar for teacher-supervisors, educators, club leaders and associations from the Regional Directorate of National Education, Technical Education and Vocational Training (DRENETFP) in Yamoussoukro. This seminar had as its theme: “Civicism, citizenship and learning to live together in a peaceful school environment” and took place on April 9 and 10 at the headquarters of our institution.

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The 2019 campaign to promote maternal, newborn and child health launched

The Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Dr. Eugène Aka Aka AOUÉLÉ, presided over the ceremony to launch the 2019 edition of the national campaign for the promotion of maternal, newborn and child health on April 5, 2019 at the headquarters of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research in Yamoussoukro. This ceremony was organized by the National Health and Children’s Programme in the presence of representatives of partner organizations such as WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA.

Dr. Aouélé said that there are many obstacles to the momentum towards reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality in Côte d’Ivoire, including the predominance of medical causes, which account for 80% of obstacles such as bleeding and dystocias. According to him, frequent breakdowns of blood products and essential drugs and the deterioration in the quality of services in maternity hospitals, mainly attributed to health personnel, are among the obstacles to reducing maternal and child mortality rates. The Chief Health Officer in Côte d’Ivoire reported that 52 per cent of referral facilities do not offer blood transfusion and caesarean section is not performed in 34 referral facilities. For him, this campaign is therefore an action of his ministry to demonstrate his willingness to promote local exchanges to bring stakeholders together and allow a better distribution of resources to effectively contribute to curbing maternal, newborn and child mortality in Côte d’Ivoire.

Finally, the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene handed over a roadmap to regional prefects for the successful conduct of the campaign throughout Côte d’Ivoire.

Trade unionists trained in the culture of peace for a peaceful social climate

On February 21 and 22, 2019, the FHB Foundation organized a training seminar at its headquarters for the members of the regional chapter of the Yamoussoukro District Socialist Central Union. The theme of this seminar was: “Trade unionism and culture of peace: how to improve the working and living conditions of workers while preserving the peaceful social climate?” Its aim is to promote the values ​​of social dialogue in unionism and the culture of peace, and to bring participants to use active and participatory tools, techniques and methods to facilitate learning the discourse of living together. 

This activity was coordinated by Dr. Diénéba DOUMBIA, Director of the Department of Peace Research at the FHB Foundation. Some thirty members of the Yamoussoukro Humanism Central Unit headed by their Secretary General, Mr. Adama OULY, were built on three major topics in the form of workshops:

  •  the commitment of trade unionists to a constructive dialogue in a peaceful social climate,
  •  opportunities to learn about social dialogue and the culture of peace in the trade union world,
  •  and peace messages, plan of action, commitments, recommendations and Appeal.

This seminar ended with the graduation ceremony for all participants.

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