Over the past decade Côte d’Ivoire has ranked among the African continent’s fastest growing and most resilient economies.
It has avoided economic contraction through the shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic and international supply chain disruption. The IMF estimates the country will record growth of 6.4 per cent in 2023, a figure driven significantly by key productive sectors including cocoa and cashew nut cultivation, of which Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s largest exporter.
Guided by the 2021-25 National Development Plan, public investment in infrastructure networks and efforts to improve the business environment are underway. However, a key challenge remains in ensuring reforms provide inclusive benefits for small and informal enterprises, translating into economic growth to reduce poverty and inequality across the wider population.
At this roundtable, HE Souleymane Diarrassouba, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Promotion of SMEs, will assess the key contributing factors to Côte d’Ivoire’s economic resilience and outline priorities for sustaining the country’s industrialization trajectory.
This meeting with be held in French and English with simultaneous interpretation.