Oct 22 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast holds long-delayed elections in less than two weeks. Following are some of the policies of the three main candidates:
— Cocoa. Broadly in line with government plan for cocoa reform, matching aim to guarantee at least 50 percent of the market price to farmers. Wants a simpler cocoa administration to save on resources.
— Health. Wants to build five hospitals and 100 clinics to ensure health centres are within 5km of every village.
— Schools. Free school for children up to age 15, not just primary school, as now. Building hundreds of school rooms.
— Water. Potable water in every village within five years.
— Employment. Says will create 1 million jobs in various sectors within his five year tenure.
— Cocoa. Promises to return to the old system of price stabilisation, where the government sells cocoa to the markets as futures and then pays the farmers a fixed price. Gbagbo’s government and Ouattara also share this proposal.
— Industry. Focus on developing heavy industry to end dependence on exporting cash crops. Attract multinationals to Ivory Coast by creating more tax-free industrial zones.
— Electricity. Power to reach 250 rural areas per year.
— Education. Build 12 new training centres a year.
— Cocoa. Plans to boost cocoa production in Ivory Coast to 2 million tonnes, from 1.2 million today by reforming sector and replanting aging trees. The IMF and World Bank debt relief programme agreed with his government hinge on these reforms.
— Transport. Construct a motorway through the interior for better access of imports passing to landlocked neighbours. New bridge over Abidjan’s lagoons to ease congestion.
— Port. Plans for expansion of Abidjan port, once the shipping hub of Francophone West Africa before the crisis.
— Capital. Wants to move government business to the currently notional capital of Yamoussoukro.