Following the signing of the contract for the construction of ten new AGORA in Ivory Coast on October 14, 2020, the Ivorian Ministry for Promotion of Sports and Development of the Sports Economy, the French Embassy in Ivory Coast and the company Winwin Afrique, participated this Friday, August 27, in the cornerstone laying ceremony at the Technical High School of Yopougon.
Held in the presence of Mr. Paulin Claude DANHO, Minister of Sports Promotion and Development of the Sports Economy, Mr. KOFFI N’GUESSAN, Minister of Technical Education, Vocational Training and Apprenticeship, Mr. Gilbert KAFANA KONE, Mayor of Yopougon, Mr. Jean-Christophe BELLIARD, French Ambassador and Mr. Régis CHARPENTIER, President of Winwin Afrique, this ceremony marks the beginning of the construction of the next ten AGORA in Ivory Coast. After the success of the pilot project located in Koumassi, ten new AGORAs will be built in Ivory Coast. Five in the communes of Abidjan (Port-Bouët, Yopougon, Abobo, Attecoubé ) and five others in the communes of Béoumi, M’Batto, Dimbokro, Guiglo, Touba and Boundiali.
Construction of the ten sites is starting simultaneously in order to deliver these infrastructures in early 2023. To carry out this project, Winwin Afrique has partnered with ALAMO for the studies and the construction of the infrastructures.
This event illustrates the will of the Ivorian government to offer citizens local sports infrastructures with the objective of deploying the program and eventually building 91 AGORAs throughout the country. On this occasion, Mr. François Sporrer, Head of the Regional Economic Service for West Africa at the French Embassy, was awarded the Ivorian Order of Merit for Sports by Mr. Paulin Claude Danho, Minister for Sports Promotion and Development of the Sports Economy in recognition for his work on the AGORA program and for the development of sports in Ivory Coast.
Régis CHARPENTIER, President of Winwin Afrique:
“We are present today in Yopougon to celebrate the laying of the first stone but it is in fact 10 other first stones that we are laying at the same time. We are delighted to see this long-standing project come to fruition, which we are sure, will be a great success for Franco-Ivorian cooperation and the local populations.”
Claude Paulin DANHO, Minister for the Promotion of Sports and the Development of the Sports Economy
“I am looking forward to seeing the next 10 AGORA. We are convinced by the pilot project in Koumassi, and we are excited to see these ten spaces at work, which will undoubtedly develop sports practice. It will be a question of using sport as a medium for change, in order to respond to the demands of the local populations.”
N’Guessan KOFFI, Minister of Technical Education, Vocational Training and Apprenticeship:
“The construction of the AGORA at the Technical High School of Yopougon is an opportunity expected for many years by teachers and students. These socio-cultural and sports facilities will contribute effectively to the training of students and will constitute additional tools to forge the spirit and behavior of the people of Yopougon.
Gilbert Kafana Koné, Mayor of the commune of Yopougon :
“The construction of the AGORA at the Yopougon Technical High School is an opportunity that teachers and students have been waiting for for many years. These socio-cultural and sports infrastructures will contribute effectively to the training of students and will constitute additional tools to forge the spirit and behavior of the populations of Yopougon”.