On 21 September 2015, the general management of the port of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) is to inaugurate a new pier at Abidjan’s fishing port, under the patronage of Daniel Kablan Duncan, prime minister of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. The port authority is investing in its infrastructure to strengthen the competitiveness of the port of Abidjan.
The new pier is part of the head of state Shem Alassane Ouattara’s vision for boosting his country’s economy by 2020. The port of Abidjan, which plays a key role in his plan, is set to be transformed into a major hub port on Africa’s Atlantic coast. In this context, the autonomous port of Abidjan’s general management kicked off the modernisation of the fishing port by laying the pier’s foundation stone on 16 June 2014.
A consortium comprising Sogeasatom, Emcc and Draging International was in charge of the construction. The expanded and revamped fishing port will include a 7 ha sector with a breakwater, eight berths and a 10 m depth alongside. The important project will offer better working conditions, and thus ultimately generate both economic and social benefits, especially by creating sustainable jobs.