Polish president, Andrzej Duda, met Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday in Ivory Coast’s capital, Abidjan to discuss the impact of the war in Ukraine on international trade.
“We are concerned by the impact of the war in Ukraine on international trade and on the growth of the global economy, which risks going into recession, and in particular the bad impacts on African countries. I said it was important for borders that have been recognized for decades to be respected and for that we have shown our support to Ukraine in its fight to restore its natural frontiers”, reiterated Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast.
Ivory Coast, in contrast to a sizable number of African countries, voted in the UN General Assembly in March to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine calling for Russian soldiers to withdraw.
According to UN figures, Africa’s 54 countries imported 44% of their wheat from Russia and Ukraine between 2018 and 2020.
Russia and Ukraine jointly exported about a third of the world’s wheat and barley, more than 70% of its sunflower oil, and a significant amount of corn, the conflict in Ukraine has sparked a global food crisis.