An economic hub
in West Africa .
Côte d’Ivoire, a long-standing Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, is a West African country member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Covering an area of 322,462 km2, the country is bordered on the north by Mali and Burkina Faso, on the west by Liberia and Guinea, on the east by Ghana and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean. The population is estimated at 26,594,750 inhabitants in 2017. Côte d’Ivoire’s political and administrative capital is Yamoussoukro, although almost all institutions are located in Abidjan, its main economic center.
As the first regional power of Francophone West Africa with 23 million inhabitants and economic growth of 8% per year since 2012, the country bases its growth on solid assets. It is, among other things, a dynamic demography, a robust infrastructure network with the 2nd largest port in sub-Saharan Africa, a diversified agricultural sector (the world’s largest producer of cocoa and among the leading producers of coffee, cotton, rubber), a 520-kilometer seafront and an immense potential for mineral resources.
Under the impetus of His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic, Head of State, Ivory Coast leads since 2010, an ambitious policy that intends to make this regional power, an emerging country in 2020. In this perspective, the country successively has two National Development Plans (2012 – 2015 and 2016 – 2020). The execution of the 2012-2015 NDP has allowed the economy to return to strong and sustainable growth (around 9% over the last 4 years after a year 2011 was marked by a 4.1% decline in GDP). attracted investors and contributed to strong job creation over the same period (around 2 million jobs). The 2016-2020 NDP will endorse the results achieved and respond to the strategic challenges needed to initiate a transformative growth of the economy, generating inclusive socio-economic development.