Aga Khan Development Network has been active in economic development projects in Cote d’Ivoire since the 1960s. Starting in the packaging industry, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, through Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) has expanded to agribusiness and infrastructure projects.
Filtisac was the first project created by IPS, West Africa – in Abidjan – in 1965 to provide packaging for Côte d’Ivoire’s coffee and cocoa exports, the crops that would drive its development. In 1988 Filtisac diversified its operations, manufacturing synthetic fibre packaging for the transport of products such as cotton, rice, fertiliser, flour, and cement to markets. More at AKDN.