Ivory Coast Re-Appoints Daniel Duncan as Finance Minister

  • President names new cabinet after re-election last year
  • Annual growth in top cocoa producer 9 percent since 2012

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara re-appointed Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan as finance minister of the world’s largest cocoa producer in a cabinet reshuffle following his re-election last year.

Duncan was already renamed prime minister last week. The new cabinet was announced during a press briefing at the president’s office in the commercial capital, Abidjan, on Tuesday.

Adama Kone will replace Niale Kaba as delegate minister of finance, while Abdourahmane Cisse was re-appointed as budget minister. Kone previously served as the Treasury director of the West African nation.

Most key people of the 36-member cabinet stayed in place. “We want to move quickly to make sure that things on the ground progress speedily,” Duncan said after the new cabinet had been announced. “That explains why the framework of the government has been retained.”

Jean-Claude Brou was renamed industry and mines minister, according to Amadou Gon Coulibaly, secretary-general of the president’s office, who listed the names of the new government. Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly will remain as minister of agriculture, and Adama Toungara will continue to head the ministry of oil and energy, he said.

Ouattara, who assumed office in 2011 after months of post-election violence, has overseen an economy that’s expanded 9 percent annually since 2012. For his second term, he has vowed to boost industrialization and expand local processing of the country’s biggest exports, cocoa and cashew nuts.

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