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Côte d'Ivoire: ECOWAS artisans in search of business opportunities

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Abidjan - The Commissioner General of the International Days of Abidjan crafts Ali Coulibaly in Abidjan said Sunday that the artisans countries of the Economic Community of the States of Africa 's' (ECOWAS) are looking for business opportunities into subregional levels.

Coulibaly who was speaking on the occasion of the closing days reported the need to find a wider market for handicrafts artisans to allow the sub-region to enhance their income.

"C' is in this context that these kinds of activities are initiated to create a 'meetings and exchanges between artisans in the Ivory Coast and those of the ECOWAS region and strengthen ties of cooperation between the countries of the region in terms of culture and crafts, "said Coulibaly.

For one, the crafts TODAY is a major component of social and economic development of States because of its ability to provide people with goods and services to satisfy their basic needs.

International Days of the crafts of Abidjan have gathered for a week around 80 exhibitors from seven countries in 'West' Africa, and more than 5000 visitors.

According to figures from the National Institute of Statistics (INS), the crafts sector is contributing 12% to GDP and employs more than a 'quarter of the labor force in Côte d'Ivoire.

African Diplomacy Staff