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    TPO Conference Sparks Cooperation


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 2/2002 

    Signature ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding between CCPIT and APEX-CI. Back, left to right: Wang Jinzhen, Director General, Department of International Relations, CCPIT; Hervé Leroy, Executive Vice-President, French Board for Foreign Trade (CFEC); J. Denis Bélisle, Executive Director, ITC; HE Konan Kramo, the Ambassador of Côte d'Ivoire in China; M. Ibo, Commercial Counsellor of Côte d'Ivoire's embassy in China. Front, left to right: Liu Wenjie, Vice Chairman, CCPIT, and Guy M'Bengue, Director General, APEX-CI.

    Côte d'Ivoire, China Sign Agreement

    The Côte d'Ivoire Export Promotion Agency (APEX-CI) and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) took the opportunity during the 4th World Conference of TPOs in Beijing to sign a partnership agreement on 17 May 2002 - the day that CCPIT celebrated its 50th anniversary.

    The agreement, signed by APEX-CI Director General Guy M'Bengue and CCPIT Vice Chairman Liu Wenjie, calls for frequent contacts and exchange of information between China and Côte d'Ivoire; cooperation between the industrial and commercial circles of the two countries; organization of training programmes for the staff of both institutions; and exchange of experts.

    The partnership agreement followed meetings between Mr. M'Bengue and his counterparts from the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to discuss Côte d'Ivoire's future eligibility for direct Asian investment in strategic export sectors that are exempt from United States import tax and quotas.

    Côte d'Ivoire eligible for AGOA measures 

    Following nine months of talks, Côte d'Ivoire became eligible for special market access measures under the United States' African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) in May 2002. The Act helps exporters from eligible sub-Saharan African countries to enter the American market by removing tax and quota restrictions from exports in various sectors.

    The Government of Côte d'Ivoire has acclaimed the "determining role" of the private sector - under the leadership of APEX-CI and Guy M'Bengue - in its AGOA negotiations with the United States.

    Côte d'Ivoire Export Promotion Agency 

    • Mandate: Executing agency for joint export promotion programmes of the private sector and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire.
    • Institutional positioning: Private association created by the World Bank, the private sector and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire.
    • Founded: 1996, operational 1999.
    • Location: Abidjan.
    • Funding: World Bank, Government of Côte d'Ivoire, private firms, charges for services.
    • Staff: 25.
    • Of interest: Joint public-private management board, with the private sector in the majority.

    Côte d'Ivoire Export Promotion Agency (APEX-CI),
    Immeuble CCIA, 3ème étage, 01 B.P. 3485, Abidjan 01, Côte d'Ivoire
    Tel.: +225 2031 5700
    Fax: +225 2021 7576
    E-mail: marketing@apexci.org
    Web site: http://www.apexci.org

    For more information, contact: Guy M'Bengue, Director General, APEX-CI, at mbengue@apexci.org.

    Networking among Caribbean TPOs

    "We very much appreciate the collaboration given to us by the International Trade Centre. This type of meeting allows all of us to improve our knowledge in the field of development and export promotion.

    "Next year in the first half of June, we are going to organize a Caribbean Conference of Trade Promotion Organization in Santiago de Cuba. We would be very pleased for ITC to participate".

    Olena Navas Pérez, General Manager, Centro para la Promoción de Las Exportaciones de Cuba (CEPEC) E-mail: cepecdir@infocex.cu

    Working together

    "I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the great contribution of ITC to the 4th World Conference of Trade Promotion Organizations. I heartily congratulate you on the success of the conference. The conference was enjoyable, extremely stimulating and fruitful.

    "I believe that the relationship between ITC and JETRO will be further enhanced in the future. I hope we can work together for the development of global trade and economy".

    Hiroshi Yokokawa, Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) E-mail: webmaster@jetro.go.jp