To end Françafrique in Ivory Coast, [French industrial group] Bolloré’s monopoly in Abidjan’s port must be broken. While it’s true that this French group has created jobs for Ivorians, its presence here prevents domestic companies from growing.
[Editor’s note: For the past ten years, Bolloré has been investing heavily in the country’s port and rail sectors. Today, it is the main manager of Abidjan’s port. In addition, Bolloré Africa Logistics is the leading logistics network in Africa. Located in 50 African countries, Bolloré plays a key role in the economies of Ivory Coast, Gabon, Cameroon, and Congo].
The telecommunications sector is another example of Françafrique. Here, the national landline operator is Ivory Coast Telecom, a subsidiary of the French group France Telecom. In France, France Telecom offers free calls between landlines, but for some strange reason this is not available in Ivory Coast. I think that this sector should be opened up to competition.
[Editor’s note: The French group is present in 19 countries in Africa and the Middle East, most notably Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, and the Central African Republic. It is the number one operator on the continent and plans to double its profits
there by 2015].