Alassane Ouattara
Alassane Ouattara

Cote d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara will pay a state visit to China and attend the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) from Aug. 28 to Sept. 5 at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Ouattara, 76 years old, earned his Ph.D. in economics in 1972. He once served as the governor of the Central Bank of West African States, and the deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). From 1990 to 1993, Ouattara served as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.

Ouattara became the president of the Rally of the Republicans (RDR) party in 1999. He attended the presidential election of Cote d’Ivoire in October 2010, and was sworn in as the president of the country in May 2011.

In October 2015, Ouattara was reelected president of Cote d’Ivoire.

Ouattara visited China in 1995 as the IMF deputy managing director, and in 2012, he visited China again to attend the opening ceremony of the fifth Ministerial Meeting of FOCAC. Enditem

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