Pledges to assist African development show "lots of generosity" but Japan can benefit from extending assistance in a variety of fields, Cote d'Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara said Monday.

Cote d'Ivoire "showed a 9.8 percent economic growth last year and is considered one of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world," Ouattara, in Japan to attend the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, said during an interview with The Japan Times.

Further Japanese involvement in the development of Cote d'Ivoire, in such fields as agriculture, manufacturing and infrastructure, will not only profit the locals but Tokyo as well, he said.