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

  • Promoting access to finance for West African cashew processors

    June 27, 2017
    The Trade Hub is promoting large cashew factories to large financial institutions. To date, the nascent larger cashew processors are having difficulties in finding local banks to provide adequate working capital facility loans to purchase raw cashew nuts and cover their operational cost.  For example, a local bank could loan $1million, another $2 million, when ...
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  • Stopping aflatoxin contamination high on agenda of regional cereals training-of-trainers

    June 19, 2017
    Representatives of Cereals Inter-professional Committees (CIC) from seven countries acquired tools for policy advocacy to improve grain trade and quality—particularly to prevent aflatoxin contamination—at a Trade Hub training in Togo, May 22-24. The three-day training-of -trainers workshop in the Togolese capital, Lomé assisted 15 members of the CIC with skills to push governments and donor agencies ...
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  • Regional livestock association learns management and communications tools

    June 12, 2017
    West Africa’s only regional livestock associations, Confederation des Federations du Bétail et de la Viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI-AO), learned new tools from the Trade Hub in late May to improve project management processes and leverage internal and external communication. The Trade Hub supports COFENABVI-AO to strengthen its financial sustainability and develop targeted services ...
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  • Côte d’Ivoire validates its AGOA strategy with government and exporters

    June 12, 2017
    Côte d’Ivoire moved closer to boosting its exports under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) with a June 1 Validation Workshop of its AGOA National Strategy, hosted in Abidjan by the Trade Hub and its institutional partners, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Ivorian Ministry of Commerce. The event was chaired by M. ...
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  • Communications team documents Hub impact in Côte d’Ivoire

    June 5, 2017
    In Côte d’Ivoire, the Trade Hub’s communications specialist, Jessie Lafourcade, teamed with Abt Associates’ senior communications manager, Ms. Leah Quin, to record major project collaborations with Ivorian businesses working in cashew, cereals, and apparel. On May 25, Ms. Lafourcade photographed a meeting between the founders of Ivorienne des Noix de Cajou (INC) and the chiefs of ...
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  • WAGN plans stronger project management and better branding and communications

    June 5, 2017
    A key strategic objective of the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub is to build the capacity of its regional partner organizations namely: West African Grains Network (WAGN), Borderless Alliance (BA), Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI) and Réseau des Systèmes d’Information des Marchés en ...
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  • Ghana-based HPW collaborates with Ivorian producers to export 2,030 MT of mangoes

    May 15, 2017
    HPW Dry and Fresh Limited (HPW), a Ghana-based mango processing company, is sourcing 2,100 metric tons (MT) of fresh mango from ECYA SERVICES Sarl, an Ivorian mango farm, and other Ivorian producers/exporters this year. Weather changes in Ghana have led to declines in mango production, causing Ghanaian companies to source mangoes from Côte d’Ivoire — a ...
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  • Second loan allows Ivorian cashew company to construct modern processing facility

    May 15, 2017
    In March 2017, the Ivorian cashew company, Ivorienne des Noix de Cajou (INC) received a loan of $8 million — capital that will enable INC to build a modern cashew-processing facility that will employ 300 full-time staff and secure about 6,000 MT of raw cashew nuts for processing. This loan is the second of two loans ...
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  • AGOA workshop addresses two constraints to Ivorian exports: packaging and labeling

    May 15, 2017
    On May 5, fifty-six Ivorian processors and representatives of agricultural enterprises met at the Azalai Hotel in Abidjan for training on U.S. packaging and labeling requirements. Co-hosted with the Association pour la Promotion des Exportations de Cote d’Ivoire (APEX-CI) and chaired by Ms. Rebecca Levy, Economic Growth Officer at USAID Cote d’Ivoire, the workshop is ...
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  • Shea champion Rahama Wright shares business tips with female entrepreneurs

    May 8, 2017
    The Trade Hub attended the fourth Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum at the Andrew Young Center in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on April 27, joining over 54 participants, including women entrepreneurs in the agriculture and apparel sectors. Speaker Ms. Rahama Wright, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shea Yeleen, particularly captivated the audience as she shared her ...
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  • New loan allows Ivorian cashew export company to start processing next year, thanks to Trade Hub support

    May 8, 2017
    The Ivorian cashew export company, Société Coopérative d’Anacarde du Kafigue avec Conseil d’Administration (SCAK COOP-CA), obtained a loan of $2,916,667  in March 2017 to purchase and export raw cashew nuts, and plans to install a processing plant next year,  allowing the company to expand its service offerings and increase its revenue in the long term. In ...
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  • Encouraging regional cooperation to tackle sanitary issues in livestock trade

    May 8, 2017
    The Trade Hub project joined forces with the West African livestock association COFENABVI and the Burkinabe, Malian and Ivorian livestock federations to organize a workshop from April 25-27 on sanitary and zoo-sanitary standards in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Over 30 participants attended the workshop, including federation members, transport representatives from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire, and ...
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  • Trade Hub communications publishes two video shorts

    April 18, 2017
    Behind the scenes for the “making of” the Hub’s apparel video The Trade Hub’s apparel video is fostering the apparel export manufacturing sector in West Africa, specifically in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana. This video short provides a behind the scenes look at the making of this video. Cereals exchange in Mali brings together buyers and sellers ...
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  • Trade Hub’s Mango Symposium hits the sweet spot in Korhogo

    April 18, 2017
    The Trade Hub kicked off its inaugural Mango Symposium from April 6-7, 2017 in Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire, part of the country’s main mango producing region. The symposium drew more than 200 private and public actors from the national and international mango sector around the theme of “export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mangoes ...
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  • Sourcing opportunities found with industrial cereals processors

    April 10, 2017
    The Trade Hub’s cereals specialist, Mr. Kokou Zotoglo, surveyed procurement systems used by industrial cereals processors in four West African countries, uncovering ways to foster new commercial relationships with cereals traders. His research in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal is detailed in a report published in March 2017. Mr. Zotoglo interviewed officials at more than ...
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