Ivorian authorities and the organizers confirm that the AFRICA CEO FORUM 2016 goes ahead as planned

LOGO_ACEOF_Black+201RedPARIS, France, 14 March 2016, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Following the terrorist attack which hit the coastal city of Grand-Bassam yesterday, 50km from Abidjan, the organizers of the AFRICA CEO FORUM express their sincere condolences toward the families and friends of the victims as well as to the people of Côte d’Ivoire.

This was a despicable act which was committed against Côte d’Ivoire because the country represents everything that Jihadists abhor: a country that is fast developing and open to the world, which has ended a violent chapter in its history and now aspires to peace.

The AFRICA CEO FORUM will take place as planned on 21 & 22 March at the Congress Centre in Abidjan in order to pursue its mission to develop the continent and in solidarity with all countries experiencing difficult and tragic circumstances.

Since the events on 13 March, the organizers have received numerous messages from key figures, confirming that they will be in attendance of the forum. The Ivorian authorities have also confirmed their strong commitment and participation at the highest levels.

Security has always been important to the organization of the Forum. The organizers, in close cooperation with Ivorian security services, have put extensive additional measures into place. These will take effect as soon as participants arrive at the airport, will cover the location of the Forum as well as all hotels around the city.

“In the current context, not only will we continue our mission, but together with the participants, we also intend to demonstrate that the people of Africa will not renounce their role in the development of the continent whatever the circumstances may be”, says Amir Ben Yahmed, Founder and President of the AFRICA CEO FORUM.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of the Africa CEO Forum.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.