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

  • Leading Ivorian shea association plans better branding and communications

    February 27, 2017
    The Filiere Karite de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI) learned strategic steps at a February workshop in optimizing communication resources and building their brand as a leading association in the Ivorian shea value chain. With more than 2,000 members from rural women’s associations, FIKA-CI is working with an important network of traders and exporting companies. Since its creation ...
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  • Expanding the pool of quality-certified Ivorian mango enterprises

    February 27, 2017
    During the first two months of 2017, 100 Ivorian mango producers and exporters have taken first steps to meet international standards in social management systems that provide decent working conditions, ensure food quality and boost their export sales volumes. Certification is vital to meeting international market demand for the tropical fruit—especially from the European Union, which ...
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  • Mango exporter securing better supply, thanks to Trade Hub industry support

    February 20, 2017
    The spectrum of Trade Hub support for West Africa’s mango industry runs from production and processing quality trainings to an upcoming international buyers’ symposium in the region’s mango belt. Ms. Alicia Robinson-Morgan, USAID’s Deputy Trade Africa Coordinator, heard during a Feb. 9 tour how this support is improving raw material quality and sourcing for leading Ghanaian ...
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  • Preparing for Mango Symposium in northern Côte d’Ivoire

    February 13, 2017
    To lay groundwork for Côte d’Ivoire’s first Mango Symposium, the Trade Hub met Jan. 29-Feb. 3 with 15 exporters, local government and research institutes in Korhogo, the northern city that will host the event in April. Under the theme, ““Export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mango in Côte d’Ivoire,” the Trade Hub is organizing ...
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  • Readying financial access program for small women-owned businesses in Côte d’Ivoire

    February 13, 2017
    The Trade Hub’s finance and investment specialists held a series of meetings from January 30 to February 3 with prospective beneficiaries of the Trade Hub’s Gender Access to Finance Strategy, soon to be rolled out in Côte d’Ivoire. Business Development Services Specialist Ms. Kafui Djonou, Finance and Investment Specialist Mr. Charles Adegnandjou and a local consultant ...
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  • Trade Hub finds new mango source for Ghanaian exporter—in Côte d’Ivoire

    February 13, 2017
    HPW Dry and Fresh Limited, a Ghana-based subsidiary of HPW Limited, will this year source an additional 1,000 metric tons of fresh mangoes from Ivorian producers, thanks to the Trade Hub’s regional trade facilitation. During a January 31 to February 1 sourcing mission by HPW’s managing director, Mr. Maik Blaser, the Hub’s mango team in Côte ...
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  • In Côte d’Ivoire, two financial institutions coached in lending practices for smaller agribusinesses

    February 13, 2017
    Ivorian bank officials learned risk management strategies for agribusinesses and how to better negotiate with loan applicants during a Trade Hub coaching mission in three cities, Jan. 27-Feb. 3. The training for Coris Bank and Oikocredit  agents followed a 2016 agreement between the two banks and USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) to expand loan opportunities ...
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  • More efficient, higher producing factory layout for Côte d’Ivoire’s O’sey Collection

    January 23, 2017
    Ivorian apparel maker O’sey Collection received two weeks of intensive Trade Hub technical assistance in January to establish efficient production lines in its new factory. The new industrial layout should help increase O’sey’s workforce from 30 to 200 as well as boost  production capacity from 300 to 1,500 shirts and T-shirts per day, bound for ...
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  • AGOA workshop teaches Ivorian entrepreneurs the ins and outs of pricing products

    December 29, 2016
    On December 15, 2016 twenty Ivorian entrepreneurs attended a workshop to learn more about accounting principles and business plan development, including how to set prices to account for production costs, as part of a Trade Hub-funded outreach series on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Hosted by Côte d’Ivoire’s AGOA Trade Resource Center ...
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  • Hub and Ivorian shea producer collaborate to strengthen its member services

    December 20, 2016
    Since September, the Trade Hub has supported the Filière Karité de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI), the Ivorian shea producers association, to strengthen its member services through direct communications support and to encourage members to pay their dues. On November 30, Jessie LaFourcade, met with the president of FIKA-CI, Fatoumata Camara, and general secretary, Edwidge Hammond to assess ...
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  • Access to Finance Gender Strategy launches in Côte d’Ivoire, opens financing for Ivorian women-owned businesses

    December 20, 2016
    The Trade Hub officially extended its Access to Finance Gender Strategy to Côte d’Ivoire through a series of events from November 28-December 4 in Abidjan. NSIA Banque worked with the Trade Hub’s finance and investment Specialist, Charles Adegnandjou, to select 30 women entrepreneurs whose small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a solid management structure, a ...
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  • Hub’s Financial Advisor helps Ivorian rice processor access financing to increase processing capacity

    December 12, 2016
    Through its Financial Advisor network, the Trade Hub helped facilitate a 300 million West African Franc ($491,693) loan for Agricultural Management Company – Food and Commerce (AMC-FC), a major rice processor in Côte d’Ivoire. In addition to a previous $1.25 million Hub-facilitated loan, AMC-FC now has about $1.3 million to boost its processing capacity of ...
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  • Getting the prices right: AGOA workshop in Abidjan teaches entrepreneurs accurate cost accounting

    December 5, 2016
    Fifteen representatives of small and medium businesses from the Ivorian agricultural sector attended a Nov. 23 workshop on setting prices by correctly accounting for costs. It was the latest in a series of Trade Hub-funded workshops to promote export-readiness, particularly under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) preferential trade agreement, hosted by Cote ...
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  • Guinean officials urged to lift certificate of origin requirement

    December 5, 2016
    Kossi Dahoui, the Trade Hub’s transport export, traveled to Conakry in early November to urge government officials to lift Certificate of Origin requirement for traders of agricultural products, part of the Trade Hub’s ongoing campaign to lift this burdensome obstacle to trade and food security. Demanding certificates of origin for fresh staple crops—often a pretext for ...
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  • Agreement reached on Hub support for livestock sector through regional & Ghanaian associations

    December 5, 2016
    The board of directors of West Africa’s livestock association met with Trade Hub leadership on upcoming priorities to develop the sector at a Nov. 15-16 meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. At the board meeting of COFENABVI (Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest), all parties reviewed priorities ...
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