Ivory Coast President Pledges to Speed Up Reconstruction

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said he seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in the country if he wins a second term in office this year.

“We had a country that was completely in ruins, and we started to rebuild,” Ouattara told Radio France Internationale in an interview late Wednesday. “What I’d like for my second term is to accelerate what we’re doing. We have to work even faster.”

Ouattara assumed office in May 2011 after six months of fighting paralysed the economy of the world’s largest cocoa producer. The economy will probably expand 10 percent this year as he focuses on projects including roads, highways and expansion of the energy industry.

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