Project ID: 30583

Chinese Government provides CFA 4.89 billion grant — via ETCA — for Ministerial Block Restoration Project (Linked to Project ID#92338)

Commitment amount

$ 11260233.926050887

Adjusted commitment amount

$ 11260233.93

Constant 2021 USD


Funding agency [Type]

China Ministry of Commerce [Government Agency]


Cote d'Ivoire


Government and civil society (Code: 150)

Flow type






Development (The next section lists the possible statuses.)





Financial Flow Classification

ODA-like (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Official Development Assistance

Other Official Flows

Vague (Official Finance)

Flows categorized based on OECD-DAC guidelines

Project lifecycle


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On September 1, 2008, the Chinese Government and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire signed an exchange of letters for the Ministerial Block Restoration Project. Then, on August 27, 2012 and September 3, 2012, the Chinese Government and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire signed another exchange of letters for additional rehabilitation works related to the Ministerial Block Restoration Project. According to the Government of Côte d'Ivoire’s Aid Management Platform (AMP), China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire signed a CFA 4,896,000,000 grant agreement (captured via Project ID#30583) and a CFA 544,000,000 interest-free loan agreement (captured via Project ID#92338) for the Ministerial Block Restoration Project on September 18, 2012. The funding for this project was drawn (at least in part) from an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ECTA) that was signed by the parties on January 3, 2012.The grant was disbursed in two tranches: a CFA 2.72 billion tranche on December 31, 2012 and a CFA 2.176 billion tranche on March 31, 2014. The loan was fully disbursed in a single tranche on December 31, 2015. The purpose of the project was to renovate and restore a government building in Abidjan (known as as the Ministerial Block), which was first constructed in the 1960s, that houses the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice (exact locational coordinates: 5.322136727779431, -4.022283554077148). The rectangular architectural complex has four wings and sits on a plot of 15600 m² with an area of 12480 m² plus a basement of 3120 m². It has three levels: the basement, the ground floor, and the 1st floor. The restoration project took place in 7,300 square meters of office space and involved technology and infrastructural upgrades. More specifically, it involved exterior and interior maintenance; rehabilitation of the air conditioning system; rehabilitation of the power supply system; rehabilitation of the computer and telephone network; installation of a ventilation system; replacement of sanitary appliances; repair of stairs, doors and windows; repair of ceilings, cupboards, woodwork and aluminum joinery; installation of flooring; replacement of windows; and rehabilitation of the water supply and distribution systems. The total cost of the project’s first and second phase was CFA 7,383,600,000. The total cost of Phase 1 was 1,943,600,000. The total cost of Phase 2 was CFA 5,440,000,000. Jiangsu Provincial Construction Group (JPCEC) was the general contractor responsible for implementation. On December 1, 2011, the project’s first phase of implementation officially commenced. However, a work stoppage took place on May 15, 2012. Then, a Phase 2 project design contract was signed on September 18, 2012. On July 17, 2013, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire and Jiangsu Provincial Construction Group (JPCEC) signed a Phase 2 implementation agreement. Phase 2 commenced on February 6, 2014 and ended on August 5, 2015. The project passed a final MOFCOM inspection on July 8, 2015. It then achieved technical acceptance on December 17, 2015 and provisional acceptance on December 22, 2015. The project was officially completed and handed over to the Ivorian authorities on November 8, 2016. Staff moved in and began using the ministerial block in June 2017. The project’s one-year warranty period ended on December 21, 2016. The project was originally scheduled to reach completion on August 5, 2016. It was was finished ahead of schedule because JPCEC increased the number of employees assigned to the project from 50 to 150. Then, on October 3, 2017, an agreement was signed by the Chinese Government and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire for the first phase of a 3-year technical assistance project to maintain the Ministerial Block and a conference center.

Additional details

1. This project is also known as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office Building Maintenance Project and the Ministerial Bloc Expansion Project. The Chinese project title is 援科特迪瓦外交部办公楼项目 or 援科特迪瓦外交部办公楼维修项目 or 外交部办公楼维修项目新增工程. 2. On September 1, 2008, government officials signed an RMB 400 million grant agreement (see ETCA #66188) and an RMB 2 million interest-free loan agreement (ETCA #70529). It's possible that one or both of these ETCAs financed this Ministerial Block Restoration Project but there is no evidence confirming whether this is actually the case. This issue merits further investigation. 3. The system identification number for this project in the Government of Côte d'Ivoire’s Aid Management Platform (AMP) is 11200713546. The AMP project code is SQDFGG. 4. The Project Coordinators are Patrice Alla (; and OUEZADE Glébélo Parfait (; 5. An RMB 5,658,034 supplemental contract that was signed by the Chinese Government and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire on November 16, 2015 can be accessed in its entirety via and and

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Direct receiving agencies [Type]

Government of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) [Government Agency]

Implementing agencies [Type]

Jiangsu Provincial Construction Group Co., Ltd.(JPC) [State-owned Company]