The programme will be in phases.
The Ivorian government will spend 85 billion CFA (about $186 million) on a re-integration programme of ex-combatants in the country.
Prime Minister Daniel Duncan told newsmen at the weekend that combatants who fought during the political crisis in the country needed to be re-integrated into the society.
“This need for integration informed the re-integration programme which is designed as part of the effort to heal the wounds of crisis in the country,” he said. “It is estimated that some 64,000 persons will benefit from the programme.”
Mr. Duncan explained that 10 per cent of them will be deployed to customs and prison services, while the rest will go into the private sector.
He said the re-integration programme was being implemented in partnership with some donor agencies, and the first phase would capture 30,000 persons.
“The Authority for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration is also on ground, and all the efforts are towards ensuring that normalcy returns to the country,’’ Mr. Duncan said.
The political crisis that engulfed Cote d’Ivoire after disputed elections, in 2010, left a lot of arms in the hands of individuals.
The crisis led to the death of some 3,000 persons, while many citizens have been displaced from their homes. Many citizens fear that total peace will be difficult to achieve without a sincere and thorough disarmament programme.