Arkansas Signs MOU with Cote d’Ivoire

Jun 26, 2015

ROGERS, AR, USA - The World Trade Center Arkansas is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, and UniversitĂ© Nord-Sud of Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire. This agreement sets forth a frame work for both institutions to collaborate in areas of teaching, research and services. Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, chancellor of University of Pine Bluff (UAPB), and Mory Diabate, president of UniversitĂ© Nord-Sud (Nord-Sud), signed the MOU. 

This MOU is the culmination of collective works established by the signing of an MOU in November between the World Trade Center Arkansas and Cote d’Ivoire Economic Development organization. This MOU encourages and facilitates exchanges among public policy makers, civic leaders, think tanks, academia, and business organizations between Arkansas and Cote d’Ivoire to enhance understanding and foster mutually beneficial relationships. 

The World Trade Center Arkansas and Cote d’Ivoire Economic Promotion Bureau hosted and organized the first meeting with UAPB and Nord-Sud in November 2014. 

“It is always a pleasure to work with the administration, faculty and staff at UAPB,” Mory Diabate, President UniversitĂ© Nord-Sud said. “This unique agreement will provide students opportunity to gain needed skills to further their academic, and cultural exchange experience. In addition, this MOU serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, and regional scale. We welcome this opportunity and the potential it holds”. 

Denise Thomas World trade Center Arkansas Director of Africa Trade stated, “The World Trade Center Arkansas is happy to see this partnership and we hope to help it grow and expand into other areas within both institutions. This was a wonderful day and we are all pleased with the prospect of new opportunities it will bring”.

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