On Wednesday October 6, 2021, a Council of Ministers was held from 11:20 a.m. to 1:20 p.m., at the Palace of the Presidency of the Republic in Abidjan, under the chairmanship of His Excellency Mr. Alassane OUATTARA, President of the Republic, Head of State .

1- Under the Ministry of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora

• The first bill authorizes the President of the Republic to ratify the Agreement aimed at facilitating the international circulation of visual and auditory material of an educational, scientific and cultural nature, with signature protocol and model certificate provided for in Article IV of the 1948 Accord.

This agreement encourages and facilitates the circulation of films, sound recordings of all forms and genres, glass slides, mechanical models and models, wall charts, maps and posters in States Parties. educational, scientific and cultural.

To this end, the agreement grants, among other things, to the States Parties the exemption on imports of all customs duties and quantitative restrictions, whatever their nature.

• The second bill authorizes the President of the Republic to ratify the 1989 International Convention on Assistance.

This Convention updates the law of assistance at sea which, for a long time, was based on traditions between seafarers marked by solidarity in the face of danger.

In particular, it brings assistance law into line with developments in maritime transport, integrates environmental protection and provides for substantial compensation, taking into account the skills and efforts of rescuers at sea.

The ratification of this Convention will allow our country to strengthen the protection of its seaside hotel industry and to guard against the massive and illegal exploitation of the living resources of the sea.

The Council adopted a bill relating to the application of the convention of April 10, 1972 on the prohibition of the development, manufacture and stockpiling of bacteriological (biological) or toxin weapons and on their destruction.

In accordance with this convention, this bill strengthens the repression of offenses related to the development, manufacture, stockpiling and destruction of bacteriological weapons.

It establishes a system to control the use for peaceful purposes of certain biological agents, toxins, equipment and technologies, and prevents the proliferation of biological and toxin weapons.

To this end, it establishes a national authority responsible for implementing the convention at the national level.

The Council adopted a bill relating to divorce and legal separation.

In addition to the latest reforms to the marriage system, this bill makes a clear distinction between fault-based divorce proceedings, legal separation proceedings and divorce proceedings by mutual consent.

It specifies, contrary to the provisions currently in force, the conditions, the modalities of the progress and the effects of these various procedures. In addition, it places particular emphasis on the protection of the moral and material interests of children, whose custody in particular can only be awarded after a social survey carried out by a qualified person.

1- Under the Ministry of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora

The Council adopted a decree ratifying the Framework Agreement for Cooperation in the Field of Development Assistance between the Government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and the Government of the Republic of Korea.

This agreement sets out the general terms and conditions of development assistance provided by the Government of the Republic of Korea to our country.

In particular, it will accelerate the economic and social development of our country with the implementation of training programs for Ivorian nationals in highly qualified fields and the construction of infrastructure related to these various programs.

2- Under the Ministry of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora, in conjunction with the Ministry of Planning and Development, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Budget and the State Portfolio and the Ministry of Health, Public Hygiene and Universal Health Coverage

The Council adopted a decree ratifying the loan agreement for a total amount of fifty million (50,000,000) USD, or approximately twenty-eight billion twelve million (28,012,000,000) CFA Francs, concluded on 30 August 2021 between the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, for the financing of the construction and equipment project of the University Hospital Center (CHU) of ABOBO.

The ABOBO University Hospital Center (CHU) construction and equipment project is part of the Government’s sector strategy and the National Health Development Plan (PNDS) 2016-2020, which aim to improve quality as well as the performance of our country’s health services.

This project consists, specifically, in the construction and equipment of a modern central health infrastructure of three (03) levels and several annexes including all general health services, but also two specialized centers, namely a center of hemodialysis and kidney transplant with 50 hemodialysis stations as well as a modern unit for the care of premature babies.

3- Under the Ministry of State, Ministry of Defense, in conjunction with the Ministry of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora, the Ministry of Interior and Security, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development

The Council adopted a decree fixing the modalities of application of the law N ° 2007-524 of July 16, 2007 relating to the application of the Convention of January 13, 1993 on the prohibition of the development, the manufacture, the storage and use of chemical weapons and their destruction.

This decree specifies the rules relating to facilities for the development, manufacture, storage, treatment and destruction of seized chemical weapons.

It also sets the rules relating to the import, export, trade, transit and transfer of chemicals as well as the penalties incurred in the event of violation of these regulations.

4- Under the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, in conjunction with the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Investment Promotion and Private Sector Development

• A decree on the organization of the National File of the Trade and Personal Property Credit Register.

These decrees are part of the implementation of the national strategy for improving the business climate, facilitating access to credit for SMEs and making guarantees more reliable by strengthening the institutional framework in matter.

The Commercial and Securities Credit Register of the Commercial Court of Abidjan is designated for this purpose as the National Securities Register. The National File is housed at the headquarters of the Abidjan Commercial Court and administered by the Chief Clerk of the said court.

It becomes the only trade and personal loan register to complete the formalities relating to sureties and leasing provided for by the Uniform Act relating to general commercial law, by the Uniform Act relating to the organization of sureties and by all others. legal dispositions.

5- Under the Ministry of Water and Forests, in conjunction with the Ministry of the Interior and Security

The Council adopted a decree setting out the modalities for the management and use of sensitive ecological zones.

6- Under the Ministry of Water and Forests, in conjunction with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Public Service and Modernization of the Administration and the Ministry of Budget and State Portfolio

The Council adopted a decree setting out the composition, the terms of appointment of the members, the competence, the organization and the functioning of the Disciplinary Council of the Water and Forests Administration.

7- Under the Ministry of Water and Forests, in conjunction with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Budget and State Portfolio and the Ministry of Trade and Industry

The Council adopted a decree defining the conditions and modalities of processing and marketing of forest products.

8- Under the Ministry of Water and Forests, in conjunction with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Budget and State Portfolio

The Council adopted a decree establishing the Ordre du Mérite des Eaux et Forêts.

9- Under the Ministry of Water and Forests, in conjunction with the Ministry of Trade and Industry

The Council adopted a decree setting the conditions and modalities for the export and import of forest products.

10- Under the Ministry of Water and Forests, in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Budget and State Portfolio

The Council adopted a decree determining the procedure and the scale of transactions in forestry matters.

11- Under the Ministry of Water and Forests, in conjunction with the Ministry of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Public Service and Modernization of the Administration, the Ministry of Budget and the State Portfolio, the Ministry of National Education and Literacy, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Ministry of the Environment and of Sustainable Development

The Council adopted a decree establishing, attributions, organization and functioning of a Public Administrative, Social, Cultural and Environmental Establishment, called National School of Water and Forests (E.N.E.F).

12- Under the Ministry of Water and Forests, in conjunction with the Ministry of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Interior and Security

The Council adopted a decree setting out the modalities of information, consultation and participation of neighboring populations in the management of forests in the private domain of the State and local authorities.

13- Under the Ministry of Water and Forests, in conjunction with the Ministry of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Budget and the Portfolio of State and Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Energy

The Council adopted a decree establishing, organizing and operating the National Forest Fund.

All of these nine (9) decrees contribute to the implementation of the new state forest policy dedicated to the preservation and restoration of natural resources.

The overall aim is to ensure the sustainable management of sensitive ecological zones, to establish discipline within the Forestry Administration, to better supervise the export and import of forest products, to involve local populations, such as private sector operators, in the management of forests in the private domain of the State and local authorities, but also to ensure the long-term financing of programs and projects for the sustainable development of forest resources, estimated at approximately 616 billion FCFA, in order to guarantee Côte d’Ivoire to recover, by 2030, approximately 20% of its forest cover and to preserve it.

14- Under the Ministry of the Budget and the State Portfolio, in conjunction with the Ministry of the Civil Service and Modernization of the Administration

The Board adopted a decree setting the conditions for access to the function of Budget Controller for National Public Establishments.

This decree makes the conditions of access to the function of Budget Controller in the National Public Establishments (EPN) consistent with the evolution of laws and regulations recently intervened in terms of classification of ranks and jobs in the State Administration. and in National Public Establishments.

Henceforth, the function of Budget Controller with EPNs is reserved for officials of category A, grades A4 to A7, from the posts of Financial Services Administrator, having at least three (3) years of professional experience in the one of the departments responsible for preparing and monitoring the execution of the state budget at the Directorate General of Budget and Finance.

Can also be appointed in this function, officials of category A, grades A4 to A7, civil administrator or engineer posts having at least five (5) years of professional experience in one of the departments responsible for the ‘preparation and monitoring of the execution of the State budget at the Directorate General of Budget and Finance.

15- Under the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Energy, in conjunction with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Budget and State Portfolio and the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable development

• A decree granting an exploration permit, valid for gold, to the company “B2 Gold Côte d’Ivoire SARL, in short B2 Gold SARL”, in the Departments of Soubré and Gagnoa;

• A decree granting an exploration permit, valid for gold, to the company “B2 Gold Côte d’Ivoire SARL, abbreviated B2 Gold SARL”, in the Department of Gagnoa;

• A decree granting a research permit, valid for Manganese, to the company “NAVA RESOURCES CI SA” in the department of Guitry;

These research permits are issued for a period of validity of 04 years. All of these permits fully meet the technical and environmental conditions required.

1- Under the Ministry of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora

The Council adopted three (03) decrees appointing Extraordinary Ambassadors and Plenipotentiaries of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.

• Mr. METCH Adjé Silas as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to the Democratic Republic of Congo, with residence in Kinshasa

• Mr. TOURE Ibrahima as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to the United States of America, with residence in Washington D.C

• Mr. SOMET Santiro Jean-Marie as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to the Republic of Angola, with residence in Luanda.

2- Under the Ministry of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora

The Council agrees with the request for approval for the appointment of Mr. Gilbert NAIYA NABINA, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, with residence in Abidjan.

1- Under the Ministry of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora, in conjunction with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Budget and the State Portfolio and the Minister Delegate to the Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and the Diaspora, in charge of African Integration

The Council adopted a communication relating to the first session of the Great Mixed Commission for Ivorian-South African Cooperation, scheduled for October 14, 15 and 16, 2021 in Abidjan.

This bilateral meeting will be an opportunity for the two States to take stock of their cooperation and explore new perspectives likely to reactivate and strengthen their cooperation.

More specifically, for the two parties, it will be a question of taking stock of the state of implementation of the existing Cooperation Agreements, and of revising or finalizing the draft Agreements under negotiation.

The work of this first Session of the Great Mixed Commission on Ivorian-South African Cooperation will also make it possible to prepare the visit to Côte d’Ivoire of the South African President, scheduled for December 2021.

2- Under the Ministry of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in conjunction with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the Ministry of Budget and State Portfolio

• The first communication relates to the celebration of the 41st edition of World Food Day.

Côte d’Ivoire, like all member states of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is celebrating on October 16, 2021, the 41st World Food Day (WYD) ).

The theme chosen for this edition is: “Acting for the future. Improve production, nutrition, the environment and living conditions “.

To this end, the celebration of the JMA 2021 will be articulated, in Côte d’Ivoire, around panels of reflection, presentation of research work and activities of different actors designed to promote the production of quality food, in sufficient quantity, at affordable cost, nutritious and safe for all.

• The second communication relates to the 9th edition of the Days of the Delocalized Agricultural Administration (JAAD).

Following the previous edition which took place in the regions of La Mé and Agneby-Tiassa, the 9th edition of the JAAD will take place from October 13 to 16, 2021 in the regions of Gontougo and Bounkani.

The 2021 JAADs will focus on reforms and major projects in the agricultural sector, in particular the state of play of the implementation of the National Agricultural Investment Program in the regions concerned, support measures for the banana sector, the Food Security Support Program, the Support Project for the Relaunching of Agricultural Sectors in Côte d’Ivoire, the Sustainable Agricultural Sectors Project in Côte d’Ivoire as well as on issues related to climate change, through hearings, public meetings and exhibitions of agricultural products.

On the occasion of these days of meeting between the agricultural administration and the populations, there will be visits, laying of foundation stones, inaugurations and receptions of agricultural infrastructures dedicated to food security and self-sufficiency as well as improving the working conditions of the decentralized agricultural administration and the living conditions of the beneficiary rural populations.

The Council adopted a communication on the implementation report of the 2021 General Population and Housing Census (PR) project as at September 30, 2021.

The execution of the various stages of the 2021 General Population and Housing Census experienced a significant delay due to the health crisis linked to the COVID 2019 pandemic, which caused the postponement or even the resumption of certain activities. .

However, to date, the preparatory activities of the RGPH, the census mapping as well as the pilot census have been completed. The material to be used as collection supports including 30,000 tablets for enumerators, 7,500 tablets for team leaders and 39,000 screen films has been acquired and available.

The current activities mainly concern the preparation of the count planned for the period from November 1 to 21, 2021.

This stage and related activities will mobilize around 40,000 young people over a period of 1 to 3 months.

The Board adopted a communication relating to the evaluation of the public administration management training program in partnership with HEC-Paris.

The objectives of this program were to strengthen the capacities of public officials taking into account their positioning and their real contribution to the achievement of the missions assigned to them and to strengthen the managerial culture of performance in the administrative organization.

In total, 2,682 officials out of the 3,000 designated participated in the training, for an effective participation rate of 93.97%.

In view of the conclusions of the evaluation mission of the training program which noted a good level of satisfaction of the participants, the Council decided to renew the program, for the years 2022-2024, for 3,000 civil servants and the State of fifteen (15) other Institutions and Ministries that did not participate in the pilot phase, for an overall cost estimated at two (02) billion CFA francs.

• The first communication relates to the situation of public procurement operations in the second quarter of 2021.

The amount of contracts approved at the end of June 2021 amounted to 333.6 billion FCFA against 594.5 billion FCFA at the end of June 2020, a decrease of 43.9%.

In number, 1,292 contracts were approved in the second quarter of 2021 against 1,570 in the same period in 2020, a decrease of 17.7%. This decrease is linked to the exceptional nature of 2020, which was marked by numerous derogatory procedures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and to carry out urgent expenses linked to the presidential elections.

Competitive procedures represent 70.4% of the amount of contracts approved at the end of June 2021 against 77.4% at the end of June 2020, a decrease of 7.0 points.

As for non-competitive procedures, they represent 27.1% of the amount of contracts approved at the end of June 2021 against 21.2% at the end of June 2020, an increase of 5.9 points.

The share of contracts awarded to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) fell from 41.8% at the end of June 2020 to 36.3% at the end of June 2021, a decrease of 5.5 points. However, in number, 67.7% of contracts were awarded to SMEs at the end of June 2021 against 56.6% in the same period of 2020.

• The second communication concerns the budget execution situation of National Public Establishments and Assimilated Structures at the end of June 2021.

The budget allocated to EPNs for fiscal year 2021 is balanced, in terms of resources and uses, as of June 30, 2021, at 578.3 billion, or 10.2% of the 2021 state budget.

It increased by 26.3 billion compared to the initial budget, due to the budgetary changes made during the year, mainly in favor of the National Sports Office (ONS) to the tune of 14.5 billion, from the Regional Center for University Works of Abidjan (CROU A1) for 1.2 billion and the Regional Center for University Works of Bouaké (CROU B) for 0.9 billion.

At the end of June 2021, the overall resources mobilized by the EPNs amounted to 207.2 billion for an annual forecast of 578.3 billion, or an achievement rate of 35.8%.

The expenditure executed by the EPNs at the end of June 2021 totaled 179.7 billion for an annual forecast of 578.3 billion, i.e. an execution rate of 31.1%, higher than that of the end of June 2020 ( 21.2%).

The result is a budget surplus of 27.5 billion. This result is an improvement compared to that of the end of June 2020, which showed a deficit of 30.6 billion.

The EPNs and similar structures that record the highest operating results are: the Vocational Training Development Fund (FDFP) (11.6 billion), the National Authority for the Regulation of Public Markets (ANRMP) (2, 8 billion) and Alassane OUATTARA University (UAO) (2.1 billion).

While awaiting the results of the General Assembly of National Education and Literacy (EGENA) which is currently mobilizing all stakeholders in order to draw up an objective diagnosis of the performance and underperformance of the education system, the Council has adopted the following framework measures. -after relating to the administrative and educational organization of the 2021-2022 school year:

– The return of the year subdivided into three terms totaling 32 weeks, or 1,280 hours of lessons

– The reinstatement of transition compositions to upper class in all levels of primary education from CP1 to CM1

– The transition of the training of student teachers from two (02) to three (03) years old as instituted in 2017

– The return of dictation to help learners improve their listening skills and understanding and especially their writing skills

– The differentiation of the coefficients in the 1st cycle of secondary education with the highest coefficient, in this case the coefficient 3 for French and mathematics in order to promote the teaching of these structuring disciplines whose mastery predisposes the students to appropriate skills in other disciplines

– The annual ranking of private establishments in order to create emulation between these establishments and to support the parents of pupils in the assignment of their children

All these measures intervene in order to build lasting solutions on the basis of the achievements of our education system.

• The first communication relates to the organization of the Examinations for the Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (BTS) Session 2021.

The 2021 session of the BTS took place across the country over the period from August 9 to September 10, 2020, with particular emphasis on measures to combat exam fraud. This session recorded 56,750 registered candidates, with 54,535 present in the tertiary and industrial sectors.

At the end of the exams, 25,842 candidates were declared eligible, including 17,598 in tertiary sectors and 8,244 in industrial sectors.

These results represent an overall eligibility rate of 47.39% in 2021, against 52.93% in 2020, a decrease of 5.54 points in connection with the strict control and verification system.

At the end of this last session, a reform of the BTS is envisaged with a view to resolving the problem of the mismatch between training and employment and to make the BTS diploma a real vector of access to employment.

• The second communication relates to the orientation and assignment of 2021 baccalaureate holders in universities and grandes écoles.

For the 2021 session, out of 87,095 high school graduates, 69,332, i.e. 79.61% of high school graduates, have pre-registered, including 51.44% in Human, Social and Literary Sciences, 46.25% in Health Sciences and Natural Sciences and 2.30% in Science and Technology.

Following the deliberations of the orientation and assignment committee for new baccalaureate holders in higher education, 19,620, or 28.30%, were oriented to public universities, against 17,646 in 2020, an increase of 11 , 19%. This increase is explained by the opening of the University of San Pedro for this academic year 2021-2022.

Given the strong demand and the limited reception capacity of our public universities, 49,712, or 71.70% of pre-registered baccalaureate holders, were directed to private higher education establishments, against 59,863 in 2020, i.e. a regression of 16.96%.

The private universities that offer bachelor’s-type training received 11,446 students, or 23.02% of the total number oriented in the private sector.

The rest of the candidates who were unable to obtain a place either in public universities or in private universities for a bachelor’s-type training, i.e. 38,266 baccalaureate holders, were directed to large private schools which offer short-term training courses of type BTS, ie 76.98% of the total workforce assigned to the private sector.

In view of the insufficient reception capacity of public higher education establishments, despite the enormous efforts made by the Government, the Council instructed the Minister in charge of Higher Education and all the Ministers concerned to The effect of intensifying the University Decentralization Program (PDU) as well as the development of digital education to help support the ever-growing number of students on our campuses.

8- Under the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Energy, in conjunction with the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Budget and State Portfolio

The Council adopted a communication relating to information relating to the physical and financial flows of the energy sector on June 20, 2021.

In the first half of 2021, crude oil and natural gas production are respectively estimated at 4,362,222 barrels and 40,833,727.21 MMBTUs corresponding to flows of 24,101 barrels per day of crude oil and 225,601 MMBTUs per day of gas natural.

They recorded respectively a decrease of 16.52% and an increase of 5.29% compared to the results obtained in 2020 over the same period, due to the natural depletion of the wells on the blocks in operation, the increase in deliveries. of natural gas from block CI-27 and the shutdown of operations on block CI-26 in the period from January 14 to February 13, 2021 following a major incident.

The valuation of the State share of crude oil and natural gas is 68.401 million US $, approximately 37.162 billion CFA francs, down 10.29% compared to the performance obtained during the same period in 2020 and up 15 , 85% compared to revenue forecast.

These trends result from the combined effects of the drop in the valuation price of natural gas and the modification of the sharing conditions on blocks CI-11 and CI-27.

In terms of petroleum products, total production, including base imports, is 1,956,976 MT, an increase of 14.8% compared to the end of June 2020.

Total sales, including sales to SMB, made by SIR amount to 1,949,581 MT for a total amount of CFAF 669.912 billion. They recorded a growth in volume of 15% and in value of 33.8% due to the increase in the price of the barrel but delayed by a low price of diesel.

At the end of June 2021, the rights issued on petroleum products were CFA francs 270.09 billion against CFA francs 234 billion for the same period in 2020, an increase of 15.77% due to an average level of taxation and volumes released for consumption higher than in 2020.

Regarding electricity, total production at the end of June 2021, which stood at 5,662.97 GWh, including 77.80% from thermal and 22.22% from hydraulic, recorded a drop of 1.11% per year. compared to its level at the end of June 2020.

Purchases of fuels for the production of electricity from thermal sources, estimated at CFAF 150.101 billion, are up 25.60% compared to the same period of 2020.

At the end of June 2021, the Electricity Sector showed an operating balance of CFAF 1.637 billion excluding interest charges and depreciation charges.

– A national tribute will be paid to the former Prime Minister, Mr. Charles Konan BANNY, on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the Prime Minister’s Office.

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