Celebration of World Radio Day 2020: the Public Broadcast – 12 02 2020

As part of its outreach activities in the field, the West African Network to Fight against Clandestine Immigration (REALIC), in collaboration with the Organisation du Conseil des Jeunes de l’Entente (OCJE), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation), organised the celebration of the 2020 edition of World Radio Day. This celebration took place on 12 and 13 February in Yamoussoukro, the political capital of Côte d’Ivoire. It focused on two themes, namely: “Youth and irregular migration in Côte d’Ivoire, the role of radio in the struggle” and “Youth and the promotion of the culture of peace during the electoral period”.

A public broadcast was recorded on Wednesday 12 February 2020 at the Yamoussoukro Scientific High School and broadcast live by the FHB Foundation radio station, Radio de la Paix. It saw the participation of students from the said high school and students from other higher education institutions in the city of Yamoussoukro. Spectators and listeners were made aware of the risks linked to illegal immigration through debates and games based on questions and answers.

According to Mrs. Florentine DJIRO, President of REALIC, the aim of this activity was to highlight the impact of radio in the fight against illegal immigration on the ground. For her, the aim was to show and strengthen the role of radio in awareness-raising campaigns aimed at pupils and students on the risks linked to illegal immigration, and to popularise reliable information and legal channels concerning the immigration chosen.

It should be noted that this programme saw the participation of Mrs. Diénéba DOUMBIA, Director of the Peace Research Department of the FHB Foundation and Mr. Ousmane KANTÉ, Editor-in-Chief of Radio de la Paix.

At the end of the exchanges, one could retain the important role played by the radio in raising awareness among young people on migration issues. The participants suggested radio programs that focus on accurate information about immigration and made a commitment to raise awareness among other young people about the risks associated with this scourge. It should be recalled that REALIC is a non-governmental organization (NGO) created in 2017 in Daloa to contribute to the resolution of the problems undermining Ivorian youth. Several prevention and awareness-raising activities have been carried out by this NGO to curb the migratory flows of young people in search of the Eldorado.

Commemoration of December 7

Commemoration of December 7

Thanksgiving Mass for the repose of the soul of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny

Date: December 7, 2019

Place: Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

Tribute Study Day to President Auguste Denise – 30 11 2019

On Saturday, November 30, 2019, a study day was held in Yamoussoukro in tribute to President Auguste Denise. Organized by the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation), this scientific meeting which brought together politicians, academics, students and civil society personalities with the notable presence of President Auguste Denise’s family celebrated. It was an opportunity to perpetuate the memory of this Ivorian statesman and companion of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. This celebration is part of an overall policy of immortalizing the former collaborators of the first President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, whose merits are not sufficiently highlighted.

The opening ceremony was punctuated by three speeches. Opening the series of speeches, Mr Wilson BEUGRÉ, representing the Mayor of the commune of Yamoussoukro, after words of welcome, welcomed the choice of Yamoussoukro for the celebration of the illustrious companion of Houphouët-Boigny through the many scientific contributions. Speaking after Mr Wilson BEUGRé, Professor Jean-Noël LOUCOU, Secretary General of the FHB Foundation, welcomed all the participants for their presence, before situating the challenge of this scientific meeting: to introduce Auguste Denise, former companion of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, and to reflect on the place of the historical figure, of the individual in history, which has been and still is subject to debate within French and world historiography. Closing the series of speeches, Me Stéphane RICHMOND, representing the Auguste Denise family, expressed his gratitude and that of his family to the FHB Foundation, and more particularly to the Secretary General of the Foundation and his collaborators, for having devoted this study day to the work of President Auguste Denise. At the end of these speeches, Mr. Marius NIANGORAN, representing the Prefect of Yamoussoukro, opened the study day.

The work was carried out in two panels which dealt with the following themes:

  • Panel 1: “Auguste Denise, the politician”.
  • Panel 2: “The Government of Auguste Denise facing the economic and social challenge (1957-1959)”.

14 papers were delivered as follows: 6 papers for panel 1 and 8 papers for panel 2.

This study day allowed us to understand a little more about the personality of one of the most illustrious companions of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. “Auguste Denise, the efficient politician”; “Auguste Denise, the actor of the economic and social promotion of Côte d’Ivoire”; “Auguste Denise, the discreet man with a high sense of sacrifice for the well-being of all and a devotion devoid of any spirit of revenge” are all facets of the man that the various papers have helped to discover. The Secretary General of the Foundation said about this icon: “In the pantheon of our national heroes, Auguste Denise must have the rightful place he deserves through his successful political commitment, his nationalism and patriotism, his virtues as a man of goodness and honour”.

This scientific meeting ended with the presentation of certificates of participation to all those who presented papers.

Training and Exchange Workshops on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Côte d’Ivoire

Organized by the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research in partnership with the Institut Afrique Monde (AMI)

Religious Leaders’ Workshop

Theme: “Contribution of religious leaders to the promotion of the culture of peace, non-violence and the prevention of religious extremism in Côte d’Ivoire

Date: November 26 and 27, 2019

Location: Foundation Headquarters


Youth workshop

Theme: “Youth contribution to the promotion of the culture of peace, non-violence and the prevention of religious extremism in Côte d’Ivoire”

Date: November 28 and 29, 2019

Location: Foundation Headquarters

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.