The West African country of the Ivory Coast, which has one of the most successful economies in the developing world, has become a popular exhibition centre for commerce delegations from Europe and Asia.
SV INTERIOR Flags and Korean Trade Centre sign in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
GV Ivory Coast Director of Commerce, Mr. Amon Tanoh meets Korean Ambassador. Woo-Suk Han.
SV INTERIOR Kitchen goods displayed and members of Trade Mission talking. (2 SHOTS)
GV Fabric goods. (4 SHOTS)
GV EXTERIOR Motor vehicle display. (5 SHOTS)
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Background: The West African country of the Ivory Coast, which has one of the most successful economies in the developing world, has become a popular exhibition centre for commerce delegations from Europe and Asia. In recent months trade missions from Japan, Taiwan and Britain have visited the capital, Abidjan, to exhibit their wares.
SYNOPSIS: The latest country to try cornering the African market is South Korea which opened a three day exhibition in Abidjan on Tuesday (28 October). The exhibition is the first staged by South Korea in Africa and the thirteen-member mission was armed with plenty of hardware. the good son display ranged widely from kitchen ware and building materials to electronics, fishing equipment and motor vehicles.
Since gaining independence in 1960, the Ivory Coast has had one of the highest growth rates in black Africa, mainly based on the export of coffee and cocoa and more recently palm oil. The foundation of light industry and the discovery of off-shore oil in 1977 further boosted the economy. It's provided Ivory Coast residents with one of the highest living standards in black Africa, and an outlet for countries trying to find new markets for their goods.
The South Korean Trade Mission moves its exhibition to Lagos, Nigeria on Monday (3 November) and Cairo, Egypt the following Saturday.