Adama Bic­togo New shores for the bio­met­ric baron

The Africa Report - - COUNTRY FOCUS -

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.

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