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Business in Ivory Coast, Abidjan

Syllabus of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire). Port of Abidjan

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire - West Africa)
    1. Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Bouaké, Daloa, Korhogo, Man, and San-Pédro
    2. Christophe Wondji (Ivorian Historian)
  2. Ivorian Economy
  3. International Trade (Import, Export) of Ivory Coast
  4. Business and Investment Opportunities in Ivory Coast
    1. Agribusiness
    2. Construction, public works and infrastructures
    3. Petrol
    4. Tourism
    5. Industry
  5. Investment Promotion Centre of Ivory Coast (CEPICI)
  6. Case Study: Prosuma Group
  7. Access to the Ivorian Market
  8. Business Plan for Ivory Coast
Logistics in Ivory Coast:
  1. Port of Abidjan
  2. Dakar-Lagos Corridor
  3. Benin-Niger-Burkina Faso-Ivory Coast Railway loop

The objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Business in the Republic of Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Ivorian Economy and Foreign Trade (Import, Export, FDI)
  2. To know the business opportunities in the Republic of Ivory Coast
  3. To explore the Ivorian trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know the Ivorian Free Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of Ivorian Companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Ivorian Market

Sample (Doing Business in Ivory Coast):
International Trade and Business in Ivory Coast

The Subject “Business in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)” belongs to the following Online Higher Educational Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:
  1. Doctorates: African Business, World Trade
  2. Diploma: Business in West Africa
  3. Masters: Business in Africa, International Business, Foreign Trade

Online African Students (Masters, Doctorates, Business)

Learning materials in Courses, Masters, Doctorates in International Business in English or Study, Master in International Business in French Côte d'Ivoire Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Costa do Marfim Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Costa de Marfil

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)”: 2 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: two weeks

Area of Knowledge: Africa





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Description: Foreign Trade and Business in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire).

Ivory Coast: The first world cocoa producer, an African Frontier Market. Headquarters of the African Development Bank

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo

Port of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Access to Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. Maritime Transport Course

Christophe Wondji

Ivory Coast

  1. Capital of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast): Yamoussoukro
  2. Economic centre and largest city of Ivory Coast: Abidjan (12 million)
  3. Other Ivorian cities: Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Bouaké, Daloa, Korhogo, Man, and San-Pédro
  4. Population of Ivory Coast: 24 million (15 million in 1998)
    1. Bambara
    2. Dogon
    3. Lobi
    4. Mandinka
    5. Senufo
    6. Mossi
  5. Ivorian official language: French
    1. Local languages: Senufo, Baoule, Diola, and Dan
  6. Independence of Ivory Coast: 1960 (from France)
  7. Two recent civil wars: 2002-07 and 2010-11
  8. Ivorian borders: Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Liberia, and Ghana
  9. Currency of Ivory Coast: West African CFA Franc
  10. The Historian Ahmadou Hampaté Bá died in Abidjan

More information about Ivory Coast (EENI African Portal).

We Trust in Africa (EENI African Portal)

Main religions in Ivory Coast:

  1. African Traditional Religions
  2. Christianity (32%)
    1. Catholicism (6 million)
    2. Protestants (Methodists: 1.3 million)
  3. Islam (38% of the population, 7 million)

Ivory Coast belongs to the West African Economic Area (African Civilisation).

Common Market (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

Ivorian Economy:

  1. The main resources of Ivory Coast (Africa) are cocoa (first world producer), yams (second largest producer), coffee (tenth largest producer), bananas, palm oil, cotton, wood, Petrol, gas, diamonds, gold, nickel, and tourism
  2. The South of Ivory Coast concentrates 85% of the economic activity
  3. Ivory Coast is an African frontier market

Ivorian Agriculture

  1. Humid tropical climate for the crops especially in low Coast
  2. Diverse agriculture (food, cash crops, and industrial crops)

Ivorian main productions

  1. Cocoa. 1,367,200 tonnes/year. The first world producer
  2. Coffee. 117,000 tonnes/year
  3. Cola. 50 000 to 75,000 tonnes/year. The first in the World
  4. Palm oil. 284,500 tonnes/year
  5. Hevea. 130,000 tonnes/year
  6. Cotton seed: 221,700 tonnes/year
  7. Sugar: 152,900 tonnes/year
  8. Rubber: 179,000 tonnes/year
  9. Cashew: 230,000 tonnes/year

Ivorian Industry

  1. Ivorian industry contributes with 20% to the gross domestic product and accounts for 40% of the West African Economic and Monetary Union countries.
  2. 50% of the companies have a turnover less than 1 billion FCFA.
  3. Best recent performance Ivorian sectors: Chemicals, water, electricity, mineral extractions, and various industries
  4. Main Ivorian Industries affected by the crisis: construction, agribusiness, textiles, and wood.
  5. Food industry production accounts for 25% of the gross domestic product in the secondary sector

Mano River Union (MRU): Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Ivory Coast (West Africa)

International Trade of Ivory Coast.

  1. Notwithstanding the socio-political crisis of the last decade, the economic partnerships of Ivory Coast with the emerging countries have markedly augmented, particularly those with the Asian Countries, including, the People's Republic of China, South Korea, India, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Malaysia
  2. Asia is the third largest trading partner (12.5%) of Ivory Coast, after Europe (44%) and the African countries (29%).
  3. China, which is the Ivorian leading Asian trade partner, still represents a modest share (3.2%) of the economy compared with its wider efficiency in Africa

West African Economic and Monetary Union WAEMU: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo

Dakar-Lagos Trans-African Corridor (Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria)

United States-West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

Niger Basin Authority (Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Mali)



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