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

  • 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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  • Two West African countries take steps towards WTO-TFA

    July 4, 2017
    In Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from June 13-16 and in Dakar, Senegal from June 20-23, the Trade Hub contracted the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to partner together to train National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs) on effectively implementing the World Trade Organization-Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA). Experts from UNCTAD, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and ...
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  • 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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