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

  • 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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  • Entrepreneur advises Ivorian business owners on reaching U.S. markets

    August 28, 2017
    A market linkage session organized by the U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire—with support from the Trade Hub and Côte d’Ivoire’s Export Promotion Agency (APEX-CI)—guided companies through opportunities that exist and the standards required to export to the U.S., including under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Under the U.S. Embassy’s Target of Opportunity program, the ...
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  • At final meeting, Côte d’Ivoire prepares to manage WTO-TFA implementation

    August 28, 2017
      The last of four workshops for the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) of Côte d’Ivoire validated and finalized their preparations to implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA). Organized by the Trade Hub and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Aug. 15-18 meeting in Grand Bassam drew 30 participants ...
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  • At MAGIC, new and returning West African companies meet clients ready to explore the Africa Advantage

    August 21, 2017
    Since his first visit to the Sourcing at MAGIC show many years ago, Greg Kankoh, CEO of Bulluk/Nallem had not returned. But in August 2017, he was pleasantly surprised by the results of his participation with the Trade Hub’s West African delegation to the largest apparel show in the U.S.—including a face-to-face meeting with a ...
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  • At MAGIC, Ivorian apparel maverick debuts ready-to-wear couture

    August 14, 2017
    His father’s 27th child and his mother’s ninth, Aka Phillippe Kouame never learned a trade nor did he want to follow his father into farming in eastern Cote d’Ivoire. While majoring in business at the University of Abidjan, he struck an arrangement with his neighbor, a tailor, to market his “classic” men’s shirts. Mr. Kouame ...
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  • Ivorian cashew cooperative wins presidential honor, plans expansion

    August 14, 2017
    Côte d’Ivoire’s president awarded one of the Trade Hub’s star performers, Société Coopérative d’Anacarde du Kafigue avec Conseil d’Administration (SCAK COOP-CA), the 2017 prize for best exporting company during an August 7 award ceremony at the presidential palace. “Your merit and good quality work pave the way for the creation of a new Côte d’Ivoire,” his ...
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  • Guinea and Mali become latest West African countries to drop costly trade barrier

    August 14, 2017
    At the Hub’s urging, the governments of Guinea and Mali have agreed to formally drop a moot requirement that traders of staple crops and livestock produce Certificates of Origin (COO), which adds time and costs to trade throughout the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In direct violation of the three decades-old ECOWAS Trade Liberalization ...
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  • Cashew data collectors recommend improvements to ACA’s market information service

    August 14, 2017
    An African Cashew Alliance (ACA) workshop in early August gathered information from market analysts and data collectors from nine ACA member countries to guide improvements and boost use of its Market Information System (MIS). The August 1-3 workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso—organized by the African Cashew Alliance with Trade Hub support — will inform a ...
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  • Cereals Exchange strengthens business prospects for new and seasoned traders alike

    July 31, 2017
    When Colette Nakpergou gave the closing summary at the Cereals Exchange on behalf of the Togolese delegation, her compatriots let out a loud cheer in agreement: “The most important thing is that we cereals actors have to commit more in regional trade so that we can defeat road harassment not on paper but in real life ...
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  • Restoring cereals supply chains tops agenda at agro-industries forum in Abidjan

    July 18, 2017
    During a July forum in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, West Africa cereals stakeholders discussed business opportunities and supply solutions to the thorny problem of local agro-industries sourcing grains from abroad. As uncovered in an earlier Trade Hub report, agro-industries like breweries and animal feed processors in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Togo buy ...
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  • Cereals associations take Trade Hub lessons in contracting to local workshops in Ghana

    July 12, 2017
    Cascade trainings to promote written contracts for cereals traders continued in central Ghana with a July 3-4 workshop for 47 participants, including 14 women from the Techiman Maize Buyers and Sellers Association. Co-hosted by the country’s Cereal Inter-professional Committee, this second in a series of workshops used lectures in the local language Twi and role playing ...
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