The Club of Monegasque Entrepreneurs in Africa (CEMA) held a “premiere” in Monaco for its second anniversary celebrations on 14 September before turning its attentions to Africa.

CEMA’s 17-member official delegation headed out to Abidjan from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 October, where club representatives met up with a dozen or so local staff. The agenda followed the “rule of thirds” that traditionally governs CEMA’s international missions:

  • Welcome reception and official meetings with leading political and socio-economic figures from Côte d’Ivoire.
  • B2B meetings with local manufacturers and traders.
  • Visits to sites of interest, including the Autonomous Port of Abidjan and the Niecky – Compagnie Fruitière banana plantation.

“Together, we are greater than the sum of our parts,” added Frédéric Geerts, CEMA General Secretary. “Côte d’Ivoire is a beacon of economic recovery in Africa, so it was only natural that we chose Abidjan as the destination for our second international mission. The country has experienced several years of exceptional economic growth and has come through a period of crisis. The whole population is benefiting as a result.”

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