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Surimi center construction : keys handover

A brand new, fully equipped training center has just opened in Abidjan. It is the result of fisheries cooperation between Ivory Coast and Japan. This is a building that will be used to train Ivorian women working in the fishing sector in the Japanese technique of processing fish into surimi. And it is LGU Afrique company that carried out the entire construction and equipment work of the center. A look back at the genesis, implementation and acceptance of the work of the surimi center construction project.

Context of construction of the Surimi Training Center

Social issues

Social advancement of women working in the fishing sector in Ivory coast is a major concern of the Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources (MIRAH).

The difficulties that these women encounter are numerous. And faced with the challenges of food security, MIRAH signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 27, 2020 with the NGO Uminokuni and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). This memorandum is part of the fisheries cooperation between Ivory coast and Japan.

Cooperation to improve livelihoods

Fisheries cooperation which is at the origin of the signed memorandum aims to promote fish consumption and improve nutrition through rational and sustainable use of fisheries resources.

Concretely, it will allow to :

  • Teach the technique of making surimi to Ivorian women working in nutrition and fishing sectors;
  • Develop business cooperation between women in fisheries and those in other sectors;
  • Improve promoting conditions for fishery products.
It is in this context that IFPRI funded the construction and equipment of a training center for women in the traditional Japanese fish processing technique (surimi).

Implementation of the Surimi Training Center construction

The Surimi Training Center construction project covers an area of 616 m². It includes several rooms used as offices or stores, learning spaces, a kitchen, a refectory and lofts.

LGU Afrique company, following a contracting process, was selected to carry out the construction and equipment works of the surimi center.

Thus, on Monday May 3, 2021, the project site has been handed by authorities. This one is located at Rue des Pêcheurs in Treichville, Abidjan.

After all the technical studies necessary for the proper execution of the works, these started at the end of September 2021.

Here are some pictures of some highlights of the work.

The construction and equipment works for the center entered their final phase at the end of February 2022. As usual, LGU Afrique has pulled out all the stops to provide its customers with the benefit of its experience and expertise.

Acceptance of construction and equipment works for surimi center

The provisional acceptance of the Surimi Training Center took place on March 22, 2022. The ceremony took place at the Directorate of Fisheries in Treichville, Abidjan. Ivorian and Japanese authorities, representatives of international organizations and various project stakeholders were present.

Acceptance of surimi center construction works
Authorities recalled the good health of the cooperation that unites ivory Coast and Japan. The event also provided an opportunity to recall the ins and outs of the initiative behind this construction project.
Authorities speech at the surimi center inauguration
This was followed by the handing over of the keys to the building by LGU Afrique to the authorities. The ribbon cutting and site visit closed the ceremony.
Surimi center ribbon cutting
The participants unanimously praised all the work carried out. The center is now functional and ready to welcome trainees.
Surimi Training Center
Once again, LGU Afrique can pride itself on the undeniable quality of its services and the professionalism of its team. The company proves that it remains a key player in the social, community and economic development of Africa and Ivory Coast in particular.
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