Signing Ceremony for Memorandum of Understanding between the Embassy of the United States and the District of Abidjan on the Opening of an Information

Ambassador Terence P. McCulley and the Governor of the Autonomous District of Abidjan during the signing ceremony (Dept. of State)
Ambassador Terence P. McCulley and the Governor of the Autonomous District of Abidjan during the signing ceremony (Dept. of State)

ABIDJAN – On Tuesday, July 15, 2015, The Ambassador of the United States in Côte d’Ivoire, Terence P. McCulley and the Governor of the District of Abidjan, Robert Beugré Mambé, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) planning for the opening of a new Center for Information and Activities, named the “Young African Leaders Initiative Center.”

“This collaboration demonstrated our common will to promote entrepreneurship and leadership among the youth,” stated Ambassador McCulley, who also noted that the center will work to strengthen the capacities of young Ivoirians.

“Promoting entrepreneurship, especially among the youth, is a major priority, not only for the American Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire, but also for the government of President Barack Obama,” said Ambassador McCulley. Additionally, the Ambassador said, “establishing this Center for Information and Activities serves as the logical outcome of his engagement with youth empowerment; youth who not only will contribute to real economic and social development, but also to the development of all.”

The Center, which will be installed in the Library of the District of Abidjan, will help young Ivoirian entrepreneurs access the information and tools they need in order to make a difference in their country and will enable Ivoirian citizens to strengthen their capacities through American speakers programs, cultural activities, exchange programs, and programs for U.S. government exchange program alumni.