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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 (Course, Master).

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire - West Africa)
  2. Ivorian Economy
  3. International Trade 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. Doing Business in Yamoussoukro, Abidjan, Bouaké, Daloa, Korhogo, Man, and San-Pédro
  7. Case Study: Prosuma Group
  8. Access to the Ivorian Market
  9. 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

Trade Agreements and preferential access of Ivory Coast.

  1. Ivory Coast and the the West African Economic Area
  2. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  3. African Continental Free-Trade Area (AfCFTA)
  4. United States-Ivory Coast
    1. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
    2. West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
    3. U.S. Trade Agreement
  5. Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)
  6. Mano River Union
  7. Niger Basin Authority
  8. Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)
  9. EU-Ivory Coast
    1. Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership
    2. European Union-Ivory Coast Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
    3. Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
  10. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India
  11. Trade Preferential System among the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (TPS-OIC)

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
  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

EENI Global Business School & University, Masters

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

Online African Students (Masters, Doctorates)

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

  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. Main Ivorian cities: Yamoussoukro, Abidjan, Bouaké, Daloa, Korhogo, Man, 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. Christophe Wondji (Ivorian Historian)
  11. The Historian Ahmadou Hampaté Bá died in Abidjan

More information about Ivory Coast (African Portal - EENI Global Business School).

Africa: Foreign Trade and Business (Master)

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)

Christophe Wondji

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

Logistics Course: Port of Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

Ivorian Economy:

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

  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

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

Common Market (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

Ivory Coast is a member of:

  1. African Development Bank (In 2014, the African Development Bank returns to Abidjan)
  2. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  3. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  4. Africa-India Forum
    1. Forum on Cooperation Sino- African
    2. African Union (AU)
      1. Convention Combating Corruption
    3. Africa-South America Summit (ASA)
    4. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
    5. Afro-Arab Cooperation
    6. Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
    7. Islamic Development Bank
    8. United Nations (UN)
    9. World Bank (WB)
    10. World Trade Organisation (WTO)
    11. International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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    Dakar-Lagos Trans-African Corridor (Course)

    United States-West African Economic and Monetary Union Agreement (Course Master)

    Niger Basin Authority (Master, Africa)


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