Adama Bictogo New shores for the biometric baron
The government has liberalised ferry services on Abidjan’s Ebrié Lagoon, and two competitors have begun services in recent months. Adama Bictogo’s Société de Transport Lagunaire (STL) was first to launch, beginning operations in April. He is an influential member of President Alassane Ouattara’s RDR party, member of parliament for Agboville, and heads the multi-sector SNEDAI Groupe. SNEDAI’S success rests on Bictogo’s foresight in 2007, when, at the end of a period of civil war, he invested in biometric software. The company now handles passport and visa contracts for several West African countries, and has branched out into renewal energy, transport and infrastructure. Rival company Citrans, owned by serial entrepreneur Zoumana Bakayoko, started its ferry service in June.