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Initially, 34 streets and 211 avenues in the economic capital will be affected. The list was presented to the Council of Ministers and unveiled on July 24 by Bruno Koné, minister of construction, housing and urban planning, in a lengthy interview with Fraternité Matin, Côte d'Ivoire's largest state-controlled newspaper. To ward off criticism, the minister stressed that the thoroughfares and their names were selected based on a proposal from a college of experts and local figures "who have no reason to be complacent in the mission entrusted to them."
According to the Ministry of Urban Planning, another list of 2,500 street names is due to be announced in the next few days. It has already been approved by the Council of Ministers. A further 5,500 will follow in the coming months. In all, 14,000 routes will receive addresses.

The project, which is financed by the World Bank to the tune of $15 million (around €13.6 million), aims to provide an address for residents and businesses in Abidjan's 13 neighborhoods. In a city of 6 million inhabitants, this is no mean feat. Initial addressing was carried out during colonial times, followed by a few street names and so-called alphanumeric codes (B25, L231...) for the axes of the main districts under the presidency of Henri Konan Bédié (1993-1999). But the project "never managed to take root in the collective memory," said Koné.
Improving tax revenues

On a day-to-day basis, addressing is supposed to improve direction giving and the circulation of people but also public and emergency services, e-commerce and mail distribution companies. "We're also going to see an increase in bank credit," said economist and teacher-researcher Séraphin Prao. "Without an address, banks are reluctant to grant loans. When you do an application, you have to specify where you live, but what proof is there that this person lives on this street? With addressing, the banker can check and this will reduce banking risk."


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