Cote d'Ivoire ambassador to Korea Sylvestre Kouassi Bile hosted a gala reception at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul on August 7 to celebrate the country's Independence day.
Hundreds of well-wishers who joined the gala reception congraturated the people and government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, led by President Alassane Ouattara, on the occasion of its 57th Independence Day anniversary. Ms Karina Silava, one of popuiar fashion models from Angola, who is now visiting Korea also joined the event as a special invited guest,
They also expressed hope that the bilateral economic relations between the two countries would be further diversified and expanded reaching a satisfactory level.
For some years now, several large Korean groups have been participating in building power plants to increase the production of electricity.
The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire is located in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea and Liberia in the west, Burkina Faso and Mali in the north, and Ghana in the east. To the south is the Gulf of Guinea. Yamoussoukro is its capital and Abidjan is the largest city.
The people and government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) celebrate this year the 57th anniversary of their independence from France and pay tribute to their first president, the late Félix Houphouët–Boigny. Côte d’Ivoire had been a colony of France since 1893. It gained independence from French rule on August 7, 1960. Félix Houphouët–Boigny was its first president and he served in this capacity his country until his death in December, 1993.
It was rough sailing for Côte d’Ivoire during the first half of the 20th century when it was part of the Federation of French West Africa and did not enjoy rights of representation in France or in Africa. At the end of the Second World War, in recognition of the loyalty of African countries to France during the War, the French government granted French citizenship to all Africans in colonial territories, with the right to organize political parties. But the efforts to gain independence from France continued.
In 1944, Félix Houphouët–Boigny established the country’s first trade union for African cocoa farmers, which earned him public prominence and he was elected to the French Parliament. A year later, the French abolished forced labor while Félix Houphouët – Boigny strengthened his relationship with the French, later become Minister in France. In 1958, through a referendum, the country became an autonomous member of the French Community. Shortly after, on August 7, 1960, Côte d’Ivoire declared independence from France, and Félix Houphouët – Boigny, after 13 years of service in the French National Assembly, became Côte d’Ivoire’s first prime minister in April, 1959. The following year, he was elected its first president.
Independence Day is observed nationwide in Côte d’Ivoire. Schools, offices, general businesses and other establishments are closed for the day to give way to festivities to mark the day. There are all cultural activities, lively performances, and social gatherings and festivities. Military parades and processions are held in the capital city of Yamoussoukro.