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14 June 2024 | 18:39

AGL signs partnership with CI20 to support innovation in Africa

On May 16, 2024, in Abidjan, Africa Global Logistics (AGL) signed a partnership agreement with Côte d’Ivoire Innovation 20 (Ci 20), a group of companies in the innovation sector, brought together in the form of an association, with the aim of federating the best of Côte d’Ivoire’s start-ups and being their spokesperson.

This partnership, supported by the Ivorian government, aims to provide AGL with the network, expertise and experience of the Ci 20, to facilitate the development of its Yiri innovation center, located in Abidjan, in order to promote better support for young entrepreneurs in Africa.

«This partnership marks a significant milestone in our commitment to accelerate our digital transformation and strengthen our position in the global market. The Ci20, recognized for its expertise in networking and knowledge of innovation-related issues, will be of important support to us in the implementation and development of our Yiri Innovation Center.» Joel Hounsinou, Managing Director of AGL Côte d'Ivoire

As part of its collaboration with AGL, Ci20 will support the company in the construction of “accelerate”, the first program of the Yiri Innovation Center, for which the call for applications will be launched in mid-June 2024. “Accelerate” is an open innovation program dedicated to startups developing technological solutions in key or related sectors of the AGL Group (logistics, transport, digital, etc.). It aims to accelerate their growth through expert coaching, training and events within an innovation hub in the heart of Abidjan.

«The signing of this partnership is a symbol of the vitality of the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in Côte d'Ivoire. We are pleased with the signing of this partnership and are committed to working to promote the Yiri innovation center, supported by AGL. » Alex Degny, President of CI20

This collaboration between AGL and Ci20 is the result of a B2B meeting on the Côte d’Ivoire pavilion at VIVATECH 2023 in France and represents an official springboard for Ivorian startups to access the markets of the 49 countries where the AGL Group is present.

About Africa Global Logistics (AGL)

AGL is the leading multimodal logistics operator (port, logistics, maritime and rail) in Africa. The company is now part of the MSC Group, a leading company in maritime transport and logistics. AGL provides its African and global customers with comprehensive, customized and innovative logistics solutions, with the ambition to be “At the Heart of Africa’s Transformations”. AGL is present in 47 countries in Africa but also in Haiti and Timor. Through its Yiri Innovation Center, located in Abidjan, AGL supports the digital transformations of Africa’s logistics, stimulating innovation and providing young people, students, AGL employees and start-ups with a working environment conducive to creativity and the exploration of new ideas.

About CI20

“Côte d’Ivoire Innovation 20” (Ci20) is a college of 15 technology companies led by young Ivorian entrepreneurs (including 13 national awards of Excellence), with an average of 5 years of experience in their specific markets (Fintech, Agritech, Healthtech, EdTech, etc.). The Ci20 aims to federate the best of Start-ups in Côte d’Ivoire and to be the mouthpiece. Ci20 members contribute to the creation of more than 2000 jobs, and generate 11 billion FCFA in annual turnover. Ci20 is at the origin of several initiatives including the STARTUP ACT, STARTUP4GOUV, SASEN and STARTUP BOOST CAPITAL law which have impacted the innovation ecosystem in Côte d’Ivoire, making the country gain 5 places in the global innovation ranking (The Global Innovation Index 2022).


Press contact:

Arsène YAPI, Head of the Media and Content Department – AGL (Côte d’Ivoire-Burkina Faso)
T +225 27 21 22 04 01 / +225 07 07 19 49 67 arsene.yapi@aglgroup.com



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