Patrick Achi

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Patrick Achi
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Prime Minister of Ivory Coast
Assumed office
8 March 2021
PresidentAlassane Ouattara
Preceded byHamed Bakayoko
Personal details
Born (1955-11-17) November 17, 1955 (age 66)
Paris, France
Political partyRally of the Republicans

Patrick Achi (born 17 November 1955) is an Ivorian politician who serves as Prime Minister of Ivory Coast since March 2021.[1] A member of the Rally of the Republicans, he studied at Supélec and Stanford University and specialises in engineering and infrastructure. He has also worked as the government spokesman for President Alassane Ouattara.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Achi, born in Paris to an Ivorian father (from the Attié tribe located in the South region) and a French Breton mother. He was educated in France and the United States.

Career[edit]

Between 2010 and 2017, Achi was Minister of Economic Infrastructure for the governments of successive Prime Ministers Guillaume Soro (2010–2012), Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio (2012) and Daniel Kablan Duncan (2012–2017).[3]

Achi was appointed acting prime minister on 8 March 2021 to assume the duties of Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko, who had been hospitalized. Bakayoko died two days later.[4] Achi was appointed as the Prime Minister on 26 March 2021 by President Ouattara.[5] In this capacity, he emerged as a key figure in discussions to resolve a large power generation deficit that had strained electricity supplies in urban areas for several weeks.[6]

In October 2021, his name was mentioned in the Pandora Papers. He controlled (at least until 2006) Allstar Consultancy Services Limited, an offshore company located in the Bahamas and created in 1998 through a nominee, while Achi was government commissioner with the Ivorian Electricity Company (CIE) and technical advisor to the Minister of Energy.

On 13 April 2022, he and his government resigned.[7] On 19 April, he was reappointed as Prime Minister by President Ouattara but with a cabinet reshuffle.[8]

Other activities[edit]

Personal life[edit]

On 16 April 2020, Achi announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was self-isolating until further notice.[10] In May 2021, he was flown to Paris due to "severe fatigue" and for medical checks.[11] He has 5 children[citation needed].

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ivory Coast: Achi reappointed PM, regional bank chief named VP". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2022-04-22.
  2. ^ "Patrick Achi profile". London: Guardian. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Cote D'Ivoire — Central Intelligence Agency." Welcome to the CIA Web Site — Central Intelligence Agency. CIA, n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2010. <"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2007-08-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)>.
  4. ^ Aboa, Ange (March 8, 2021). "Ivory Coast President Ouattara names Patrick Achi as interim prime minister". news.yahoo.com. Reuters. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  5. ^ "Ivory Coast's Ouattara names Patrick Achi as prime minister". Al Jazeera. 26 March 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  6. ^ Ange Aboa (May 15, 2021), Ivory Coast PM in 'good shape' after return from France Reuters.
  7. ^ "Ivory Coast prime minister and government resign". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2022-04-13.
  8. ^ "Ivory Coast: Achi reappointed PM, regional bank chief named VP". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2022-04-22.
  9. ^ Board of Governors International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  10. ^ "Close ally of Ivory Coast leader contracts coronavirus". DispatchLIVE.co.za. 17 April 2020. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Ivory Coast prime minister in hospital in France for tests". Reuters. 13 May 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast
2021–present
Incumbent