Côte d’Ivoire

GDP (US$) $31.76 billion, 2015
Population, 22.70 million, 2015
Source: World Bank data

Côte d'Ivoire flagSince the end of a decade-long conflict in 2011, Côte d’Ivoire has experienced an influx in foreign investment and economic growth, specifically within agriculture and related activities, which engage about two-thirds of the country’s population. The West Africa Trade Hub is working in Côte d’Ivoire to improve private sector capacity in targeted value chains— livestock and cereals for regional trade; cashew, shea, mango and apparel for global trade—while laying groundwork to improve the business enabling environment, and simplify transit procedures along the Abidjan-Bamako trade corridor.

In Côte d’Ivoire, the Trade Hub partners with the national government, regional governmental organizations like ECOWAS and UEMOA, and private sector organizations like Borderless Alliance and COFENABVI (the regional livestock association) to support its mission. The AGOA Resource Center in Abidjan helps exporters understand U.S. trading requirements while local consulting firms help enterprises develop business strategies and secure financing to trade. One of the Trade Hub’s main partners, the African Cashew Alliance, trains Ivoirian cashew processors on factory management and data collection methodologies.

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Côte d’Ivoire News

  • Business relationship lifts Ivorian cashew farmer incomes

    December 5, 2017
    In northern Côte d’Ivoire, M’bengue’s bountiful cashew harvests have made it a strategic production center for the Société Coopérative d’Anacarde du Kafigue (SCAK), which buys raw cashews from 1,400 producers spread over 3,000 hectares there and in surrounding villages. One of them, Kassinibin Coulibaly, started cultivating cashew rather than cotton almost 20 years ago. Since ...
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  • Seventh country drops bureaucratic requirement in West Africa

    November 20, 2017
    The Gambia became the latest West African country this fall to abolish the requirement of certificates of origin (COO) for agricultural traders, thanks to year-long efforts of the Trade Hub and its Gambian partner, the Association of Farmers, Educators, and Traders (AFET). The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officially eliminated the COO requirement on ...
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  • Ivoirians and Ghanaians learn AGOA customs procedures

    November 13, 2017
    Three information sessions taught by Trade Hub experts in Abidjan and Accra shared procedural and strategic trade insights with over 100 stakeholders from various value chains, governmental departments, and trade support institutions Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and in Accra, Ghana. The events on November 2 and 7 delved into standard operating procedures for the U.S. African ...
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  • Ivorian Ministry of Commerce launches AGOA National Strategy with Trade Hub and AfDB support

    November 13, 2017
    The Ivorian Ministry of Commerce — in collaboration with the USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub project (Trade Hub) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) — launched an AGOA National Strategy for the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, October 30 in Abidjan. The document was formulated based on priority sectors such as the clothing and ...
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  • ECOWAS study on trade corridors offers holistic approach to resolving regional trade barriers

    November 6, 2017
    About 70 delegates — comprising government and private sector subject matter experts from member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), officials of the ECOWAS Commission, the UEMOA Commission, regional organizations and development partners — met in Abidjan on October 30 and 31 to review and validate the draft final report on ...
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  • Live from Abidjan, the Trade Hub goes on air with Country Director Lotfi Kourdali

    October 30, 2017
    During a live radio interview on October 18, the Trade Hub’s Country Director for Côte d’Ivoire highlighted the results of its work with Ivorian agricultural and textile entrepreneurs. “Thanks to our collaboration with institutional partners and national and regional organizations in the different sectors we cover—apparel, livestock, mango, cereals—we have been able to exceed our results,” ...
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  • With Ghanaian consultant, O’sey Collection plans new men’s shirt product lines

    October 30, 2017
    A Ghanaian fashion technologist spent much of October building staff skills and capacity in cutting and sampling at Côte d’Ivoire’s leading apparel factory. Ms. Mabel Dede Doe, contracted by the Trade Hub, was so popular that O’sey Textiles shared the cost for her to stay an additional week. “The sampling and cutting are a crucial phase ...
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  • On mango mission, Ivorian producers learn best practices from Ghana-based processors

    October 23, 2017
    Thirteen Ivorian mango producers learned best practices in mango processing from three Ghana-based companies, during an October 9-12 field mission organized by the Trade Hub and the Association pour la Promotion des Exportations en Côte d’Ivoire (APEX-CI). Mr. Euloge Camara, Coordinator of the AGOA Trade Resource Center in Côte d’Ivoire, and Mr. Daouda Diomande, the Trade ...
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  • Organizational support for Ivorian shea organization bears fruit

    October 23, 2017
    The Filière Karité de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI) utilized Trade Hub lessons to develop its membership network and diversify its sources of funding. Represented by the University of Korhogo, FIKA-CI and other shea sector actors obtained funding from the Fonds Compétitif pour l’Innovation Agricole Durable (FCIAD) to improve shea fruit production with assisted natural regeneration and ...
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  • Women-owned businesses and bank officials in Cote d’Ivoire learn how to bridge the finance gap

    October 23, 2017
    The Trade Hub rolled out the second phase of the gender access to finance strategy in Côte d’Ivoire this October to build the financial acumen of women-owned small and medium Enterprises (SMEs) and facilitate financing for their businesses. As part of the strategy, the Hub’s finance and investment team organized two three-day trainings for female business ...
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  • Regional organization solidifies partnerships to grow the West African livestock sector

    October 16, 2017
    With more than 90,000 members, the Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la chaine de valeurs Bétail/Viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI-AO) asserted its leading position within the professional organizations that comprise the West African livestock sector. The regional bureau, based in Côte d’Ivoire, coordinated efforts with the national federations of its eight member countries to ...
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  • Ivorian ATRC hosts training in color fixing for traditional weavers and textile companies

    October 9, 2017
    Six years ago, Mrs. Chantale Guiraud, CEO of the Ivorian weaving company Kehanon, sent samples of her cloth to American wholesalers after their scoping mission in Cote d’Ivoire. But the samples she sent to the U.S. failed the quality test: colors were bleeding in the wash and some cloths were fraying. “It was a disappointment for ...
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  • Creating new mango partnerships between Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria

    October 2, 2017
    The April 2017 Ivorian Mango Symposium created a business platform for mango stakeholders to develop new market opportunities. Following-up on discussions held during the symposium, the Trade Hub has been focusing on increasing regional and global exports in the mango sector by linking West African producers with international buyers and sellers of fresh and processed ...
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  • Osez O’sey! USAID regional director praises Ivorian apparel company’s growth

    September 4, 2017
    Côte d’Ivoire’s leading apparel factory is growing, in part thanks to vital, timely assistance from the U.S. Government as it expands capacity and hires unemployed youth, the Director of USAID West Africa learned during an August 24 visit to O’sey Collection’s factory. “Osez O’sey!” said Mr. Alex Deprez, encouraging employees at the factory in ...
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  • Hub survey quantifies time and cost spent on West African trade barriers

    August 28, 2017
    Certain administrative barriers to trade in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been eliminated on paper for decades. But the gap between policy and reality has meant that those trading agricultural staples across West African borders are still asked for certificates of origin (COO) despite these being rendered moot under the ECOWAS ...
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