Frustrated Abidjan hires lobbying giant APCO to boost its credit rating at OECD
Considering that its OECD credit risk rating is unjustified and penalises the country on capital markets, Ivory Coast has hired APCO to try to get it improved.
Bruno Le Maire went to Ivory Coast last month to bang the drum for French business. His trip sped up the attribution of a vast contract to improve the road between Abidjan and San Pedro, the world's busiest cocoa port.
Invited by the French president to attend a ceremony in honour of the ex-MD of the IMF Michel Camdessus, to whom he is very close, the Ivorian president will try to raise the issue of budgetary cooperation, which has been the source of recent frictions between Paris and Abidjan.
The Ivorian president's unshakable determination to run for re-election on 31 October is increasingly irking the international community. At the same time, several West African states are unhappy over the treatment of the former head of state Laurent Gbagbo.