I am very happy to be with you today in Washington, DC for this meeting which testifies to our collective action against child trafficking and exploitation on cocoa plantations.

First of all, I would like to thank the various speakers who preceded me at this forum, for their kind words about me.

Mr. Daouda DIABATÉ, Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire in the United States, and Mr. Bill Guyton, President of the World Cocoa Foundation.

Mr.Guyton, I welcome the signature of this Memorandum of Understanding which will enable us to harmonize and coordinate our respective programs to fight against child exploitation in cocoa production.

It is certain that together, we will be stronger, and better able to insure a brighter future for our children, by allowing them to take their places on school benches instead of on cocoa plantations.

I would also like to thank you most sincerely for the honor you have accorded me in giving me this prestigious award. Your institution, the World Cocoa Foundation, is the symbol of social development promotion in cocoa growing communities.

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