ECONOMY

Transport within the District is relatively developed. This situation is related on the importance and the quality of the network of the interurban ways, consisted of 2025 kilometers of which 261 kilometers of bituminized roads, practicable in ail seasons.

From the District one" can easily go in the neighbor Departments of Tiébissou, Oumé, Dimbokro, Bouaflé and Sinfra, respectively distant of 44 kilometers, 99 kilometers,40 kilometers, 56 kilometers and 76 kilometers.

Bouaké, the large metropolis of the center can be reached through, an entirely bituminised 108 kilometers, long road. The District of Yamoussoukro can rightly be praised to lay out, after Abidjan, the second most significant Airport of Côte d'Ivoire. The International airport of Yamoussoukro regularly accommodates long mail planes.

Because of its central position, the District of Yamoussoukro knows a level of
commercial activities increasingly significant. The economic fabric consists of
companies of trade, automobile dealers or agricultural machineries, supermarkets of medium size and many retailers shops held especially by foreign nationals.

Generally, ail the banking houses of the country are represented on the territory of the District and mainly within Yamoussoukro. Thus the former Autonomous Sinking Fund (CAA) renamed National Bank of Investment ( BNI), the International bank for the Trade and the Industry of Côte d'Ivoire (BICICI), the General Company of Bank in Côte d'Ivoire (SGBCI), have there an agency or a local Direction. One can also announce the presence of two agencies of the Co-operative for the saving and the Credit (COOPEC) of which one is located at Yamoussoukro and the other in Didiévi.

This very noticed presence of the banking and financial houses within the District of Yamoussoukro testifies to a certain dynamism of the existing economic activities.

The industrial fabric of the District of Yamoussoukro is composed of few units in the fields of agro alimentary, textile, buildings and public works, energy and water. One notes the existence of a factory of husking of coffee in Toumbokro, of rice with the SORIZCI and some sawmills. The installation of a viable and endogenous industry in comparison with the human and agricultural potentialities could result in the valorization of the local resources, the promotion and the development of small and medium units in the field of agricultural processing industry (coffee, cocoa, oilseeds, of mahogany tree, fruit and vegetables etc...).

The growers perceive more and more the need for organizing themselves in co¬operatives. Thus, they ensure better conditions of saling their productions. The District of Yamoussoukro counts seven agricultural cooperatives which deal mainly with the marketing of the coffee and the cocoa. In addition to these co-operatives, there still exists others, which operate in the food sector and which are generally animated and directed by women.

Agriculture represents by far the most significant economic activity of the District of Yamoussoukro. As weil the cultures revenue as the food crops, agriculture constitutes the principal source of income of about half of the inhabitants. But we must know that the District is more producer of food crops than of cultures of revenue. The average productions of banana plantain, yam, manioc, tomato, gumbo, and aubergine, are respectively 51.963 tons, 7.301 tons, 1.400 tons, 900 tons, and 1.200 tons.

A policy of promotion of the breeding has been committed for a few years on the level of the District of Yamoussoukro.

Thus, various programs made it possible to reach in year 2002, to very encouraging results. One records 284 farm breedings of bovines, 3889 farm breedings of sheeps, 72 of caprine ones, 97 of pigs, 44 of chickens and 61 bee-keepings.

During the same period, the District produced 714 bovines, 4.000 sheeps, 3286 caprines, 1.000 porcines and 4571 poultries.

The District of Yamoussoukro contains vast natural assets which predispose it to the development of fishing. Indeed, the hydroelectric dam and other hydro-agricultural dams cover thousands hectares in water level, favourable for the promotion of the halieutics activities.

With regard to the field of the mines, several indications of gold were found out in the District.

However mining is still primarily artisanal there. Much hope exists to pass from the artisanal stage to a semi-industrial, and certainly industrial stage.

 
 
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