Visit of Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of the Ivory Coast Republic

On June 19, 2018, Professor Jacques Marescaux welcomed Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of the Ivory Coast Republic, accompanied by a delegation of 30 representatives, including Mr. Alain-Richard Donwahi, Water Affairs and Forestry Minister, Mr. Souleymane Diarassouba, Minister of Trade, Handicrafts and SME Promotion, Acting Minister of Industry and Mines, Dr. Edith Clarisse Kouassy, Health Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, and Mr. Charles Gomis, Ambassador of the Ivory Coast Republic in France.

The Vice-President wished to discover the activities of IRCAD which is internationally recognized as the center of reference in cutting-edge minimally invasive and robotic surgery techniques. Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan was particularly interested in the creation of IRCAD Africa in Rwanda which will allow Africa to step into the era of surgical innovation. Professor Marescaux was delighted to have the Vice-President visit the IRCAD, which “allowed Mr. Kablan Duncan to discover a model of new surgical technological development which the Ivory Coast Republic could benefit from”.

Dr. Kablan Duncan’s visit was planned within the framework of the Vice-President’s visit to the French Grand Est region organized by the ‘Foreign Trade Counsellors of France – Grand Est’ committee, in partnership with local and regional authorities (cities, metropolis, region, DIRECCTE, etc.).

Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan is a leading political figure, and has been the Vice-President of the Ivory Coast Republic since 2017. He was the first person to hold this position, which was created after the constitutional referendum in 2016. Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan’s used to be the Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Finance, and Budget, and head of government under the presidency of Mr. Alassane Ouattara. He was the Minister of Economy, Finance, Planning, Industry, and Commerce from 1990 to 1993. He was also the Prime Minister from 1994 to 1999, under the presidency of Mr. Henri Konan Bédié.

IRCAD Contact form

COVID19: IRCAD sanitary measures & health pass

Please note that the IRCAD administrative board and staff are closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in France. The health, safety, and well-being of our participants, experts and staff are our top priority!
Despite the current context, the IRCAD stands firmly by your side to help you acquire knowledge and skills. Come and join us !

We would like to draw your attention that the « Vaccine Pass » is now mandatory in France since end of January 2022 and replaces the former « Health Pass » to access places that are open to the public, such as cinemas, museums, cafés and restaurants, hotels as well as the IRCAD Institute which welcomes participants in the framework of its courses and seminars. Thus, a PCR test without vaccination is no longer sufficient to take part in our courses.

The vaccine pass includes a proof of the following (one of the 3 items is sufficient):

  • The vaccination certificate, proving that persons have a complete vaccination (as of January 15, 2022, all persons aged 18 and over must receive a booster dose no more than 7 months after their last injection or Covid infection to receive a valid vaccination pass. As of February 15, 2022, the time limits for keeping the pass will be reduced, you will have to do your booster dose 4 months and no longer 7 months after your 2nd dose to have a complete vaccine schedule and maintain a valid vaccine pass)
  • The result of a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test attesting to the recovery of Covid, more than 11 days and less than 4 months
  • The certificate of contraindication to vaccination

Further information about the new vaccine pass can be found at :

We very much hope to be able to count on your kind understanding of those rules which have been set by the French Government and which our Institute is required to apply