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Ivory Coast Creates Task Force to Monitor China-Backed Projects

Construction on the Abidjan port in Ivory Coast on March 15, 2018.

Construction on the Abidjan port in Ivory Coast on March 15, 2018.

Photographer: Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images

Ivory Coast will create a panel to monitor the execution of close to $6 billion of projects in the West African nation, according a government spokesman.

While the country and its continental peers are benefiting from Beijing-backed investment for the provision of much-need infrastructure, China’s growing influence has also generated complaints about its preference for loans and the use of its own nationals to work on the projects.