Airbus has signed a tentative agreement with Côte d'Ivoire's government to support development of aerospace activities in the African country.

The manufacturer says the memorandum covers the establishment of a "framework of collaboration", within which the two sides will "explore channels of cooperation in developing the aerospace sector in Côte d'Ivoire in various areas".

Côte d'Ivoire's government views aerospace as a strategic sector for the country's economic development, Airbus notes.

The republic’s vice-president Daniel Kablan Duncan states: "We are confident that this partnership with Airbus will contribute to Côte d'Ivoire’s economic growth as well as support us build a stronger framework for industrial development."

Airbus commercial aircraft president Guillaume Faury says the manufacturer will "work closely with Côte d'Ivoire’s government, share expertise, discuss opportunities and support efforts in building a robust and sustainable aerospace sector".