The United States government gave the Ivory Coast another million Central African Francs (about BGP 2,350 sterling) in aid in an agreement signed on Friday (7 May).
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Background: The United States government gave the Ivory Coast another million Central African Francs (about BGP 2,350 sterling) in aid in an agreement signed on Friday (7 May).
The money, which was part of the United States' "self help" international development scheme, is enough to buy the raw materials for a new school and accommodation for three teachers in the village of Tabagne in north-east Ivory Coast. The aid is a gift from the United States but the work has to be carried out by the Ivory Coast government.
American ambassador Robert Smith and the ivory Coast's Minister of Social Affairs M. Yao Kouman signed the agreement.
Mr. Smith's term as Ambassador in the Ivory Coast ends on Sunday May 16 but he will sign one more aid agreement of a million CFA (about BGP 2,350 sterling) on Thursday (May 14). The money will go towards building a water tower at Samatiguila in the north of the country, and it will bring the total of American aid to the Ivory Coast this year to eight million CFA (about BGP 19,000 sterling).
In the last month the United States has signed aid agreements in the Ivory Coast for two schools, a health centre, and the rebuilding of a handcraft exhibition centre destroyed by fire at the tourist centre and former capital, Grand Bassam.