Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Ivory Coast strengthens ties with Lebanon

Ivory Coast has the biggest Lebanese community in Africa – contributing to more than 30% of its economy.  Since arriving almost a century ago, they have built up businesses in nearly every sector of the market.  The small shops, selling food and groceries that opened in the 1920s, have grown into the biggest supermarkets and malls in the country.  They own the majority of the fish and timber import and export trade…as well as much of the wholesale and distribution industry.   But with the historic visit of the Lebanese President, the economic ties between Lebanon and Ivory Coast are set to expand.  The BBC’s Tamasin Ford reports from the commercial capital, Abidjan.  To listen to this report, please click on this link.

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