Doing Business in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)

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

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire - West Africa)
  2. Doing Business in Abidjan and Yamoussoukro
  3. Ivorian Economy
  4. International Trade of Ivory Coast
  5. Port of Abidjan
  6. Business and Investment Opportunities in Ivory Coast
    1. Agribusiness
    2. Construction, public works and infrastructures
    3. Petrol
    4. Tourism
    5. Industry
  7. Investment Promotion Centre of Ivory Coast (CEPICI)
  8. Case Study: Prosuma Group
  9. Introduction to French
  10. Access to the Ivorian Market
  11. Business Plan for Ivory Coast

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

  1. To analyse the Ivorian economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in the Republic of Ivory Coast
  3. To explore Ivory Coast's trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know Ivory Coast's Free Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of Ivorian Companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Ivorian Market
The Subject (e-learning) “Business in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)” is part of the following Higher Education Programs taught by EENI (Business School) and the Hispano-African University of International Business:
  1. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  2. Course: West Africa
  3. Masters (e-learning): Sub-Saharan Africa, Frontier Markets, International Business
  4. Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business

African Students Bachelor's Degree in Business, EENI (Business School) and HA University

Course learning materials in Higher Education in English or Post-secondary Education in French Côte d'Ivoire Study in Portuguese Costa do Marfim Tertiary Education in Spanish Costa de Marfil

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

Area of Knowledge: Africa

Sample of the subject (Doing Business in Ivory Coast):
Doing Business in Ivory Coast

Hispano-African University of International Business

Hispano-African University of International Business

Description of the Subject (Online Learning): Foreign Trade and Business in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire).

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

  1. Capital of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast): Yamoussoukro
  2. Economic centre and largest city: Abidjan (12 million)
  3. Population: 24 million (15 million in 1998)
  4. Ivorian official language: French
  5. 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: the West African CFA Franc

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).

  1. Christophe Wondji (Ivorian Historian)
  2. The Historian Ahmadou Hampaté Bá died in Abidjan

Christophe Wondji

Logistics: Dakar-Lagos Corridor

Port of Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

We Trust in Africa

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 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. The 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. Production of food industries accounts for 25% of the gross domestic product in the secondary sector

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 Africa (29%).
  3. China, which is Ivory Coast leading Asian partner, still represents a modest share (3.2%) of the economy compared with its wider efficiency in Africa

Common Market (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

Trade Agreements and preferential access of Ivory Coast.

  1. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  2. West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) - US Trade Agreement
  3. Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)
  4. Mano River Union
  5. Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership - European Union
  6. European Union-Ivory Coast Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
  7. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

Ivory Coast is a member of:

  1. Niger Basin Authority
  2. African Development Bank (In 2014, the African Development Bank returns to Abidjan)
  3. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  4. Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)
  5. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  6. Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
  7. Africa-India Forum - Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India
  8. Forum on Cooperation Sino- African
  9. African Union (AU) - Convention Combating Corruption
  10. Africa-South America Summit (ASA)
  11. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
  12. Afro-Arab Cooperation
  13. Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
  14. Islamic Development Bank

Samples - Ivory Coast

ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States

Mano River Union

West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU)

Dakar-Lagos Trans-African Corridor

United States-West African Economic and Monetary Union Agreement

Niger Basin Authority

Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)



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