Cote d’Ivoire takes stock of their own buses

As the BBC originally reported, Cote d’Ivoire now has some new buses rolling around the country; specifically in the capital of Abidjan. While this story is seemingly uninteresting, it needs to be stated that these are their own buses, produced within Cote d’Ivoire by domestic transportation company, Sotra.

Tropically Tolerant Buses

Above and beyond employment, the bus engineers from the Ivorian “reaspora” (those who returned to their home country after time abroad) had good reason to build domestically, “In Europe the technology is very sophisticated with lots of electronic devices. In Africa we don’t need this. We just need robust buses because our roads are not very well done like in Europe. This is an African design for Africa.”

There are initial jitters from people about the reliability of the new buses, but given that Sotra has been building water buses and been involved in the transportation sector for some time, the worries will most likely go unfounded.

Miquel Hudin is the co-founder of and lead developer for Maneno, a blogging platform developed specifically for the requirements of bloggers in Sub-Saharan Africa. He writes regularly on African issues at Subsaharska on Maneno.

[H/T Timbuktu Chronicles]

Author: Erik Hersman

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4 thoughts on “Cote d’Ivoire takes stock of their own buses”

  1. THE PRODUCERS OF THESE BUSES NEED TO BE ENCOURAGED AND OTHER ‘BEEN TO’S ‘ SHOULD LEARN FROM THEM AND EMULATE THEM.
    OTHER GOVERNMENTS SHOULD BUY THEIR BUSES.
    I AM A HOLLAND TRAINED FORENSIC GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR, BUT NOW A FARMER IN GHANA GROWING NUTMEG, WHICH TAKES ABOUT 8 YEARS TO MATURE.
    LONG LIVE AFRICA.

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