Ivory Coast has resolved to create 700,000 jobs through tourism and make it the third pillar of its economy by 2025.
According to Bloomberg, the world’s top cocoa-producing country, in a bid to attract foreign hotel and tour operators, has raised $6.4 billion for its tourism industry during a round-table in Hamburg, Germany.
The West African country has had its tourism sector wiped out due to during a decade-long conflict that split the nation into a “rebel-held north and government-run south”.
Tourism Minister, Siandou Fofana said that the government had signed 12 memorandums of understanding with several companies but didn’t name the companies.
The government’s fund-raising goal of $1 billion has been exceeded after it announced last month that it had received $5 billion dollars in pledges at a similar event in Dubai.