GE Reports Supporting education in Cote d’Ivoire is the order of the day

The refurbishment and donation are part of Kujenga - meaning build in Swahili - GE’s overall strategy for corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Africa.

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Kandia Camara, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, said that government had been increasing its investment in education, to consolidate Cote d’Ivoire’s emergence as a knowledge-based economy. play

Kandia Camara, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, said that government had been increasing its investment in education, to consolidate Cote d’Ivoire’s emergence as a knowledge-based economy.

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Cote d’Ivoire, also known as the Ivory Coast, is a country located west of Africa with a landscape filled with  rain forests and breathtaking beaches.

After years of political turmoil, the country is focused on building a booming economy, in part through infrastructure improvements.

GE’s approach to Africa is to empower people and communities by sharing skills and equipping communities with new tools and technology and elevate ideas that are helping to solve  Africa’s challenges. This makes GE a natural partner for Cote d’Ivoire’s development drive.

During Global Chairman and CEO of GE Jeff Immelt’s recent visit to Cote d’Ivoire this approach was  brought to life when the company made two donations to local education institutes.

This included a donation of 50 laptop computers to Mamie Fetai Secondary School as well as approximately $83 000 to the Felix Houphouét Boigny  National Polytechnic Institute (abbreviated as INP-HB) as part of GE’s commitment to skills and capacity development to young people in Africa.

Mamie Fetai Secondary School will use the laptops to equip a multimedia room GE refurbished for the students.

The refurbishment and donation are part of Kujenga - meaning build in Swahili - GE’s overall strategy for corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Africa.

Kandia Camara, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, said that government had been increasing its investment in education, to consolidate Cote d’Ivoire’s emergence as a knowledge-based economy. “Giving students access to technology  is an essential tool to help us achieve this goal and this donation will contribute directly to it,” she said.

The director general of Felix Houphouét Boigny, Koffi N’Guessan, said the donation would go a long way to enhance the country’s human capital base. “We look forward to further strengthening our collaboration with GE especially in the area of skills development and capacity building,” he said.

“Skills development has always been at the heart of our investments, and we look to the thousands of young women and men trained at the INP-HB to join us to build critical  infrastructure in Cote D’Ivoire,” said Immelt.

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